Maria Sharapova reaches Paris quarters

Updated: February 8, 2012, 5:12 PM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- Maria Sharapova beat Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa 6-3, 6-1 on Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the Open GDF Suez.

The top-seeded Russian said the court was faster than expected after she hit 19 winners to 10 for Scheepers, who struggled with her serve and had eight double-faults.

"It's just faster than what we played on the last couple of months. In Fed Cup, it was fairly slow," said Sharapova, who won her singles match in Russia's 3-2 win over Spain last weekend.

"I ...

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