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CrossCourt~Rally
Sep 23rd, 2005, 06:44 PM
Sharapova Advances, Venus Withdraws From China Open
Williams Pulls Out of Quarterfinals Match With Strained Left KneeBEIJING (Sept. 23) - Top-ranked Maria Sharapova defeated Japan's Shinobu Asagoe 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the semifinals of the China Open on Friday, as Venus Williams withdrew because of a leg injury

Sharapova lost her service game at the start of her match but immediately broke back and was in command for the rest of the contest. After Asagoe double-faulted to lose the first set, Sharapova promptly won the next five games, amassing an unassailable lead.

"In the second set I started playing aggressively and didn't give her a chance to get back in the match," Sharapova said.

Williams withdrew ahead of her quarterfinal match against Poland's Marta Domachowska, citing an injury to her left knee sustained in her previous match.

"It is a new injury. I decided to withdraw this morning," she said, adding that she still expects to attend the WTA tournament in Guangzhou, China, next week.

Domachowska advanced to the semifinals and will face Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld, who eased past Peng Shuai of China, 7-5, 6-1.

Sharapova's semifinal opponent is fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko, who ended Chinese player Sun Tiantian's surprising run by beating her 6-1, 6-3.

Kirilenko is "a really good friend of mine on tour," Sharapova said. "It's always difficult to play someone that you know really well," she said. "But once we go on court, it's just going to be like another match and very competitive."

Sun enjoyed strong crowd support even in defeat, still basking from her shock upset of Serena Williams on Wednesday in the second round.

Serena Williams cited an existing knee injury as a factor in her defeat, in a tournament beset by injuries. Venus Williams said she was bothered by an injury she suffered Thursday during her win over Spain's Nuria Llagostera Vives.

deja_entendu
Sep 23rd, 2005, 08:16 PM
GO KIRILENKO, we definitely have a Masha in the final which is awesome.

RenaSlam.
Sep 23rd, 2005, 08:23 PM
GO KIRILENKO, we definitely have a Masha in the final which is awesome.

Yes, it is. :bounce:

goldenlox
Sep 23rd, 2005, 08:24 PM
Sharapova is also busy with her new product line this week

Samantha Thavasa handbags designed by professional tennis player Maria Sharapova on display...
Samantha Thavasa Announces their New Modeling Contract with Maria Sharapova and their New Line
9/20/2005
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deja_entendu
Sep 23rd, 2005, 08:33 PM
gl comin' up with the goods once again...

CrossCourt~Rally
Sep 23rd, 2005, 09:21 PM
:worship: Maybe she can fill in for the modeling jobs KATE MOSS left vacant :lol: ;)