Madrid Masters: Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams Advance to Quarters, Andy Murray Beaten

Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams registered wins while Andy Murray lost to Colombian Santiago Giraldo in straight sets. World number one Rafael Nadal remains on course to retain his Madrid Masters title as he moved into the last eight with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Finland's Jarkko Nieminen.

updated: May 20, 2014 17:00 IST
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Madrid: While Maria Sharapova proved too strong for 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur in a 6-4, 6-3 victory, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray's return to action at the Madrid Masters was ended in the third round by Santiago Giraldo on Thursday as the Colombian romped to a 6-3, 6-2 win.

Murray was competing for the first time in a month in the Spanish capital and was powerless to stop the in-form Giraldo, who reached the final of the Barcelona Open two weeks ago, as he sealed victory in just over an hour to set up a quarter-final meeting with Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut.

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