It wasn't pretty, but Sharapova, Kvitova advance

Sharapova, Kvitova advance

Updated: January 25, 2012, 8:03 PM ET
By Joanne C. Gerstner

Maria Sharapova wasn't at peak form in her Wednesday quarterfinal match. Petra Kvitova can definitely say the same about her frustrating performance.

But both women had enough experience and power game to overcome their underdog opponents to advance to Thursday's Australian Open semifinals. Fourth-seeded Sharapova won 6-2, 6-3 over the inconsistent Ekaterina Makarova, while second-seeded Kvitova posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory against the diminutive, but fantastically pesky Sara Errani.

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