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Feb
12

Maria Sharapova was ousted from the Open GDF Suez on Friday, beaten by Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals.

Maria Sharapova of Russia, reacts after losing a point against Angelique Kerber of Germany during their quarterfinal singles match at the GDF Suez WTA Open 2012 tennis tournament at Coubertin stadium in Paris, Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. Kerber beats Sharapova 6-4, 6-4. ( AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Kerber broke serve three times in the first set and rallied from 3-1 down in the second, clinching victory when the Russian hit a forehand long. Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic also advanced, rallying to beat sixth-seeded Julia Goerges of Germany 3-6, 7-5, 6-1. Zakopalova, who reached her first semifinals since the Korea Open last September, will next face second-seeded Marion Bartoli of France or Roberta Vinci of Italy. Zakopalova won seven straight games in sealing the second set and taking a 5-0 lead in the third. She ended the match when the German hit a forehand return long. Goerges took a medical timeout at 4-0 in the final set to have her left thigh massaged. She initially broke for a 2-0 lead and took the first set when Zakopalova netted a forehand. But Zakopalova evened the match when Goerges dropped serve at 6-5, hitting a forehand that caught the tape before dropping out.

 

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