Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia maintained her dominance over Daniela Hantuchova, thrashing the Slovak player 6-0, 6-1 to reach the Open GDF Suez quarterfinals on Wednesday.
Sharapova served well, hitting 10 aces, saving all seven break points she faced, and breaking Hantuchova's serve six times. She awaits eighth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium or Yvonne Meusburger of Austria in the next round. ''I had a tough first opponent who can play extremely good tennis,'' Sharapova said. ''I wanted to start the match off well. It was extremely important to put that pressure on her from the beginning. I think I did that really well today.''
The four-time Grand Slam champion has beaten Hantuchova nine straight times, with the Slovak's only win coming when they first played 10 years ago.
Maria Sharapova thrashed eighth-seed Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-2,6-2 to set up an all-Russian semi-final against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the WTA Paris Open.
Although top-seeded Sharapova dropped her serve once, the four-time grand slam champion broke Flipkens' serve five times to win in little more than an hour. In a more tightly-contested match, Pavlyuchenkova upset fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 5-7 6-3 7-6(3).
Both had seven aces and also dropped serve four times each. In Friday's later quarter-finals, No. 3 Sara Errani of Italy takes on Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, and Andrea Petkovic of Germany plays France's Alize Cornet.