Maria is through to the semis of the China Open in Beijing after a 6-0 6-4 win over Svetlana Kuznetsova. The match lasted an hour and 25 minutes as Maria scored her eighth win over the 29-year-old.
Maria came out firing in the first set as she didn’t drop a game against her compatriot. Maria didn’t face any break points on her serve and had a first serve percentage of 78% and won 81% (9/11) of points on first serve and 100% (3/3) on second serve.
The second set was closer as Kuznetsova broke Maria for the first time to lead 4-3 but that was the last game that Kuznetsova would win as Maria broke in the next game and in the final game to take the match when Kuznetsova netted a forehand.
In Saturday’s semi-final, Maria will face No.9 seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia. Maria has played the 26-year-old twelve times before and leads the series 8-4. Here are the matches they have played against each other:
2006 Linz QF: Maria won 7-6 7-5
2007 Tokyo SF: Ivanovic won 6-1 0-1 ret
2007 French Open SF: Ivanovic won 6-2 6-1
2007 WTA Championships RR: Maria won 6-1 6-2
2008 Australian Open F: Maria won 7-5 6-3
2012 Indian Wells SF: Maria won 6-4 0-1 ret.
2012 Rome R3: Maria won 7-6 6-3
2013 Stuttgart QF: Maria won 7-5 4-6 6-4
2013 Madrid SF: Maria won 6-4 6-3
2014 Stuttgart F: Maria won 3-6 6-4 6-1
2014 Rome R3: Ivanovic won 6-1 6-4
2014 Cincinnati SF: Ivanovic won 2-6 7-5 5-7
Here is Saturday’s schedule:
National Tennis Stadium – 12.30 PM local time start
Novak Djokovic (SRB) (1) vs. Andy Murray (GBR) (6)
Not before 2.30 PM
Petra Kvitova (CZE) (3) vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS)
Maria Sharapova (RUS) (4) vs. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) (9)