Maria Sharapova continued Day Two’s emphatic display of tennis on Wednesday; beating Agnieszka Radwanska 5-7 7-5 7-5 in her second match of the White Group.
Sharapova, who defeated Sara Errani 6-3 6-2 in her first match on Tuesday, was made to work hard for her win against a solid and at certain times magnificent Radwanska, but a crucial break in the third set earned her the chance to serve for the match.
The Russian was matched at every level in the first set, reflecting Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka’s clashes earlier in the day. The world’s top three players were made to work hard yet all came through after major scares with victories and Sharapova will have been delighted to come back from a 5-7 loss in the first set.
Sharapova, seeded top in the White group, is now a certainty to qualify for the semi-finals yet needed three hours and 13 minutes to overcome her opponent. After drawing level on sets in the second, she had to work hard to keep up with Radwanska as the game passed deep into the night.
Indeed, with the scores tied at 5-5 in the third it looked as though a tie-break was on the cards until Sharapova broke in the 11th game, taking confidence into her serve to duly see out the match as the clock crept past 2am local time in Istanbul.