French Open champion Maria Sharapova admitted she had dug deep to reach the quarter-finals of Stuttgart's WTA tournament after her three-hour marathon victory over claycourt specialist Lucie Safarova on Thursday.
Russia's Maria Sharapova returns the ball to Czech's Lucie Safarova in their match of the WTA Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, southwestern Germany, on April 25, 2013. Sharapova won 6-4, 6-7(3/7), 6-3.
Sharapova, who won last year's Stuttgart title en route to her Roland Garros victory, needed three hours, nine minutes to squeeze past her Czech opponent for a 6-4, 6-7 (3/7), 6-3 second-round victory.
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