French Open 2014: Maria Sharapova ‘happy’ to get past Sam Stosur

French Open 2014: 2012 champion Maria Sharapova beats Sam Stosur 3-6 6-3 6-0 to reach last-eight

French Open 2014: Maria Sharapova ‘happy’ to get past Sam Stosur

Maria Sharapova was satisfied with her nine-game run which helped the seventh seed come from a set down to beat Sam Stosur and move into the last eight at the French Open.

The 2010 Roland Garros runner-up looked set to cause another upset in Paris after Stosur won four games on the trot from 2-3 down to take the first set 6-3 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

I’m happy with the way I finished. I think that’s the most important thing

Maria Sharapova

Sharapova fell a break behind in the second set before the 2012 champion won nine games on the bounce to level the match and win the decider 6-0 in emphatic style.

“I thought Sam played a really good first set. With that said, I had five break points and I didn’t convert one of them,” Sharapova said.

“Against a player who’s a very good server and who uses her serve as a weapon to set up points out there, if you don’t take advantage of those particular moments, she gains a lot of confidence from that and swings and just keeps serving well too.

“And it was unfortunate that I gave that break back in the second set, because I thought I had a good start, but overall I’m happy with the way I finished. I think that’s the most important thing.”

Sharapova was visibly fired up during her nine-game streak – but the Russian insisted her emotion and energy was natural for a fourth-round battle at a Grand Slam.

“Why wouldn’t there be?” Sharapova added. “I’m in a Grand Slam fourth round. I lost in the fourth round of the Australian Open. I lost the first set playing an opponent who’s played a great tournament so far.

“There’s no reason why I should be walking around with my head down.”

Sharapova will face Garbine Murguza for a place in the semi-final, whilst Carla Suarez Navarro will take on Eugenie Bouchard after the pair were comfortable winners on Sunday.

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