Tennis - Sharapova breezes into Paris semis

Russia's Maria Sharapova cruised into the Paris Open semi-finals, the top seed toppling Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-2 6-2.

The world number five dropped her serve once but broke Flipkins five times to set up an all-Russia last-four clash with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Pavlyuchenkova stunned fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 5-7 6-3 7-6(3) in an evenly-matched affair in the French capital to book her place in the semi-finals.

In the other half of the draw, home hope Alize Cornet downed Andrea Petkovic of Germany 7-6(6) 5-7 6-3 and will play Sara Errani, the third seeded Italian who booked a spot in her second straight semi in Paris with a 6-2 6-3 victory over Ukraine's Elina Svitolina.

Paris Open results


3-Sara Errani (Italy) beat Elina Svitolina (Ukraine) 6-2 6-3

Alize Cornet (France) beat Andrea Petkovic (Germany) 7-6(6) 5-7 6-3

1-Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat 8-Kirsten Flipkens (Belgium) 6-2 6-2

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) beat 4-Angelique Kerber (Germany) 5-7 6-3 7-6(3)

Pattaya Open women's singles quarterfinals results

Pattaya Open results


4-Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) beat Kimiko Date-Krumm (Japan) 6-2 4-6 6-4

Julia Goerges (Germany) beat 5-Elena Vesnina (Russia) 5-7 6-3 6-3

Andrea Hlavackova (Czech Republic) beat 8-Peng Shuai (China) 6-2 7-5

Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) beat 3-Sorana Cirstea (Romania) 1-6 7-6(3) 6-0