Maria Sharapova moves into semis at Pan Pacific Open
Maria Sharapova defeated Iveta Benesova 6-4, 7-5 to advance to the semifinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open.
Sharapova needed 1 hour and 39 minutes to set up a semifinal clash with Agnieska Radwanska, who beat Magdalena Rybarikova 63 61.
Sharapova has struggled since returning from a 10-month injury layoff but said that she is starting to feel more comfortable on the court.
“I feel like I’m starting to get the feeling back of being able to figure things out automatically,” Sharapova said. “Like knowing when you have to be patient and when you have to be aggressive.”
Sharapova had eight double faults and six aces in the match but said she can live with that balance in her service game.
“The goal is to be aggressive,” Sharapova said. “I can make a few more errors but it’s all about execution and knowing when not to make a mistake.”
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