Posted April 24, 2013 on AP on Fox
Top-seeded Maria Sharapova got through another tough test in outlasting Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Porsche Grand Prix. Sharapova, the defending champion, needed more than three hours to overcome Lucie Safarova a day earlier. This one was an hour shorter but perhaps just as intense. ''It was hard to get my body going, I need some time to warm up a little,'' Sharapova said. ''Another tough one.'' Sharapova used this indoor clay-court tournament last year to warm up for the French Open, where she won the title. Against Ivanovic, another former No. 1 and the 2008 French Open champion, Sharapova squandered a 4-1 lead in the third set before breaking serve again and serving out the match on her second match point. Sharapova will next play third-seeded Angelique Kleber, who defeated Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 6-3, 7-6 (2) to reach her third semifinal of the season. Germany's No. 1 player is looking for her first title of the year after finishing runner-up in Monterrey. She made the last four in Stuttgart for the first time. Shvedova trailed 4-1 before breaking back. But she dropped her serve again with two errors from the baseline. The two traded breaks in the first three games of the second before Kerber opened a 3-1 lead, only to see Shvedova pull level at 3-3. Kerber raced to a decisive 5-1 lead in the tiebreaker. ''I played my game and I was aggressive,'' Kerber said.

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