Ana Ivanovic needed just an hour to knock Sabine Lisicki out of the Porsche Grand Prix.
STUTTGART, Germany (AP) – Alisa Kleybanova defeated third-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-2, 7-6 (3) to provide the first major upset at the Porsche Grand Prix on Wednesday.
The 102nd-ranked Kleybanova rallied from 5-3 down in the second set to beat her Czech opponent. It was the Russian’s first victory against a top-10 player since winning her battle against Hodgkin’s lymphoma, which kept her out between May 2011 and March 2012.
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• Video: Highlights from Maria Sharapova’s 7-6 (5), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (2) victory over Lucie Safarova in Stuttgart that took three hours and 24 minutes.
• Ed McGrogan of Tennis.com ranks, by magnitude, Rafael Nadal’s 12 clay losses since 2005. It’s no surprise that his only loss at the French Open, against Robin Soderling in 2009, tops the list.
Maria Sharapova was on court for three hours and 24 minutes against Lucie Safarova.
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STUTTGART, Germany (AP) – Defending champion Maria Sharapova survived a first-round scare at the Porsche Grand Prix by defeating Lucie Safarova 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 7-6(2) on Tuesday.
The sixth-seeded Sharapova needed three hours, 24 minutes for her 100th clay victory, three days after her 27th birthday.