Tennis - Sharapova rallies to beat spirited Halep

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Tennis - Sharapova rallies to beat spirited Halep
CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 15: Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after defeating Simona Halep of Romania after a match on Day 7 of the Western & Southern Open on August 15, 2014 at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati,Ohio. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFP (AFP Photo/ANDY LYONS)

- Maria Sharapova won a rematch of her French Open title victory over Simona Halep, rallying for a 3-6, 6-4, 6-4 win to reach the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Masters.

The reigning Roland Garros champion will next play Ana Ivanovic after the ninth-seeded Serb defeated Ukrainian teenager Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-3 in less than an hour on Friday night.

Sharapova had to make a great escape against world number two Halep after a tight opening set, finally securing victory after two and a half hours.

"It was a pretty poor first set from my end, a lot of unforced errors," Sharapova said. "I think it was some of the lowest first-serve percentages I've had for a while."


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