The first quarter final in the huge Sony Open tournament being played in Miami was between 4th seed Maria Sharapova and 8th seed Petra Kvitova. The Russian’s route thus far was via a first round bye, a straight sets win in the second round, followed by a three set battle against 26th seed Lucie Safarova and then another three setter against 19th seed Kirsten Flipkens in the fourth round. The Czech also had a first round bye, then had two straight sets victories before coming up against 12th seed Ana Ivanovic, a match she won 3-6 6-0 6-0.
Kvitova started with almost no spectators and won the first two games. Games then went with serve until Sharapova broke back to level in the 8th game. The next two games also went with serve for 5-5 when a light drizzle stopped play for a few minutes. Sharapova held for 6-5 and also took the next game for a 7-5 set. She started the second set and ran up a commanding 5-0 lead before the Czech got one game. Sharapova took the next game when Kvitova sent yet another ball long to move into the semis.
In the night match top seed Serena Williams took on Angelique Kerber, the 5th seed. After a bye in the first round, Williams won her second round match in straights before battling hard against 74th ranked Caroline Garcia to take the match 6-4 4-6 6-4 before losing just four games in her 4th round match. Kerber also had a first round bye, followed by a tough three setter against Shuai Peng, a 6-0 6-2 rout of Tsvetana Pironkova and yet another hard three setter against Ekaterina Makarova, the 23rd seed. Tuesday night’s match went Serena’s way from beginning to end as the frustrated German had no answers for the American’s on song game. Williams won 6-2 6-2 in two minutes over the hour.
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