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Swift win gives Sharapova time to sit and stare
June 6, 2012 / 1:45 PM / 5 years ago

Swift win gives Sharapova time to sit and stare

PARIS (Reuters) - So straightforward was Maria Sharapova’s quarter-final win over Kaia Kanepi on Wednesday that she could even have found time on Philippe Chatrier Court to indulge in her favorite hobby: people watching.

Maria Sharapova of Russia returns the ball to Kaia Kanepi of Estonia during their quarter-final match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 6, 2012. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

A decibel-busting display of power tennis helped her to reach her third French Open semi-final with a routine 6-2 6-3 win that was little more than a one-sided mismatch.

The towering Russian fired a series of winners, each accompanied by her habitual shrieks, to break her opponent’s serve seven times and walked off court with a smile and a wave after one hour 14 minutes of tennis.

It left Sharapova the afternoon free to swan off to the Champs Elysees and soak up the atmosphere among the locals.

“I love people watching in Tokyo but Paris is another level,” she explained to reporters who had little to ask about the match.

”I love the way that people go about their lives and the way they sit at cafes like a few centimeters from the cars going by.

Maria Sharapova of Russia serves to Kaia Kanepi of Estonia during their quarter-final match at the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 6, 2012. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

“Everyone sits close to each other and you’re eavesdropping on their conversations.”

Sharapova looked much more at ease on the clay than her rival and had Kanepi on the run from the opening game.

Maria Sharapova of Russia celebrates after winning her quarter-final match against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris June 6, 2012. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau

The Estonian, backed by a small but noisy contingent of face-painted and flag-waving fans, froze on the big stage and looked happy to sit back and wait for a mistake. They were few and far between.

Sharapova will now play Petra Kvitova who came through a tough three-setter against Kazakh qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova.

The Russian leads their head-to-head 3-2 but the memory of last year’s Wimbledon final when Kvitova shocked her to win the title will no doubt be on her mind.

”She’s an extremely tough opponent,“ Sharapova said. ”When she’s confident and when she’s hitting the ball well she’s quite dangerous. It’s going to be another level.

“I hope that I can raise my level too.”

Editing by Clare Fallon

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