Maria Sharapova blew away Klara Zakopalova on Tuesday to set up a quarter-final clash with Italy’s Sara Errani in the Sony Open Tennis tournament held in Key Biscayne, Florida.
The Russian star disposed of the 21st seed Zakopalova 6-2, 6-2 at the $5.2 million event in Key Biscayne, Florida.
“I thought I did a much better job today by being aggressive and playing a bit more consistently than in the previous match. The conditions today were a little bit easier as well. I’m really happy to be through to the quarter-finals of this tournament again,” Sharapova said in comments carried by the WTA website.
Sharapova will seek her fourth win in four encounters over Errani, who earned the match-up with a hard fought win over Ana Ivanovic by beating 1-6, 6-4, 6-2.
“Sara’s probably one of the most consistent players on the tour and she’s getting really far in tournaments all the time,” Sharapova said. Errani was Sharapova’s quarter-final victim en route to the Indian Wells title last week.
In the other quarter-finals, World No.1 Serena Williams plays China’s Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska faces Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens and Roberta Vinci is up against Jelena Jankovic.