Sharapova edges Ivanovic to reach Stuttgart semis

Updated: April 26, 2013, 4:54 PM ET
Associated Press

STUTTGART, Germany -- 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 3 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 needed some time to warm up a little," Sharapova said. "Another tough one."

Sharapova used this ...

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