Friday, October 26, 2012
Masha cruises in Istanbul
Maria Sharapova beat Sam Stosur 60 63 to improve to 3-0 in the round robin stage at the 2012 WTA Championships.
Sharapova stormed through the first set. The Russian also took control from 2-3 in the second set to seal the win.
During the match Masha hit 15 unforced errors while Stosur had 13 but when talking about winners the former world number 1 had 17 to only 5 from Sam.
"After a really long match in my previous round, I was just trying to be really aggressive today and not spend as much time as I did the other day," Sharapova said. "I knew coming in I was already going to be in the semis, but I didn't want to lose. I wanted to do the right things today and I did them."
"Sam likes to create a lot of spin, and when you give her the time she's certainly good at that, and it has gotten her a lot of success in the past," Sharapova said. "I tried to take that time away from her today and I'm happy how it turned out."
Sharapova finished No.1 in her group and advance to the semifinals, and while Stosur was already Maria didn´t feel it like a "dead rubber match".
"They're not so dead - you're playing in front of thousands of people," she said. "There are things you play for. I don't want to just play tennis - I play to win.
"I wanted to try to replicate a match that matters - in my mind, it does. I never want to go into a match when I'm in a competitive tournament atmosphere and feel like there's nothing on the line. That would never get me going."
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