Key Biscayne, FL (Sports Network) - Four-time runner-up Maria Sharapova
secured a semifinal berth at the $4.195 million Sony Open tennis event.
The second-seeded former world No. 1 straight-setted eighth-seeded Italian
Errani 7-5, 7-5 in 2 hours, 29 minutes in a rematch of last year's French Open
final, which was also won by the tall Russian superstar.
Sharapova popped six aces and broke Errani six times on Day 9 of this 13-day
tournament and is now 4-0 lifetime against the gritty Italian.
The hot Sharapova is currently riding a 10-match winning streak, which
includes a title at Indian Wells two weeks ago and a quarterfinal victory over
Errani in the California desert.
The career Grand Slam winner Sharapova lost to Polish star Agnieszka Radwanska
in last year's Sony Open finale and was also the runner-up here in 2011.
Sharapova will meet the Roberta Vinci-Jelena Jankovic winner in the semifinals
Thursday on the hardcourts at Crandon Park. The former No. 1 Jankovic was a
Key Biscayne runner-up back in 2008.
The Sports Network