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Russia’s Sharapova through to semifinals of 2018 WTA tennis tournament in Rome

May 18, 21:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW

he semifinals opponent for the 31-year-old Russian tennis star will be decided later in the day

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MOSCOW, May 18. /TASS/. Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova snatched a tough win over Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko on Friday in the quarterfinals match of the WTA (Women Tennis Association) tournament in Italy’s Rome, that runs on May 11-20.

Sharapova battled for the victory during a marathon time of three hours and 12 minutes to eventually snatch the victory over Ostapenko with the final score of 6-7 (6-8), 6-4, 7-5 and to enter the semifinals of the tennis tournament in Rome, which offers $3.22 million in prize money up for grabs.

The semifinals opponent for the 31-year-old Russian tennis star will be decided later in the day after the match between top-seed Simona Halep of Romania and No. 7 seed Caroline Garcia from France.

Sharapova is Russia’s most decorated tennis player having won a total of five Grand Slam tournaments, namely the Australian Open in 2008, the French Open in 2012 and 2014, Wimbledon in 2004 and the US Open in 2006. She also clinched the silver in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and was the 2008 Federations Cup champion.

After the 15-month long suspension, imposed in 2016 for violating anti-doping regulations, Sharapova made her comeback to tennis in April 2017.

Last October, Sharapova won the 2017 WTA Tianjin Open in China and it was her first tournament to win since May 2015.

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