MOSCOW, October 4 (RIA Novosti)
- Sharapova Blazes into 3rd Round in Beijing
- Sharapova Endures Tough 1st Round in Beijing
- Stosur Downs Sharapova to Make Tokyo Semis
- Sharapova Reaches Quarterfinal in Tokyo
Maria Sharapova eased her way into the quarterfinals of the China Open on Thursday, demolishing qualifier Polona Hercog in straight sets.
Second seed Sharapova thrashed her Slovenian opponent 6-0, 6-2 to set up a quarterfinal with either fifth seed Angelique Kerber of Gemany or former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, seeded 10th.
Elsewhere, top seed and world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka book her place in the quarterfinals with a straightforward 6-3, 6-3 win over Russia’s Elena Vesnina.
Azarenka now faces Romina Orlandi of Switzerland in the quarterfinals.
In the men’s draw, Russian No. 1 Mikhail Youzhny beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3.
Youzhny’s quarterfinal could be an all-Russian affair if Nikolay Davydenko can beat third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in their third round match.
The prize fund for the women’s draw is $4.8 million, with the men playing for $2.2 million.
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