Sharapova eases into Paris semis

12:30 PM, Jan 31, 2014   |    comments
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Paris, France ( - Top seed Maria Sharapova was an easy quarterfinal winner Friday at the GDF Suez Open in Paris.

The former world No. 1 star handled eighth-seeded Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 6-2 on the indoor surface at Stade Coubertin.

Last year's French Open runner-up Sharapova's semifinal opponent on Saturday will be fellow Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who upset fourth-seeded German Angelique Kerber 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7-3) on Day 5. The left-handed Kerber was the GDF Suez champion two years ago.

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