Posted: Wednesday March 27, 2013 4:03 PM

Sharapova beats Errani in Key Biscayne quarters

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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) - Four-time runner-up Maria Sharapova has overcome an uneven performance at the Sony Open to reach the semifinals by beating Sara Errani 7-5, 7-5.

Sharapova had 57 unforced errors, including 13 double-faults, and had to erase three set points in the second set Wednesday.

The third-seeded Sharapova will play Thursday against the winner of the quarterfinal Wednesday night between No. 15-seeded Roberta Vinci and No. 22 Jelena Jankovic. Errani, seeded No. 8, fell to 0-26 against opponents ranked in the top five.

Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam last year but has never won Key Biscayne. She lost in the final in 2005, `06, `11 and `12.

She's bidding to become the third woman to win Indian Wells and Key Biscayne in the same year, joining Steffi Graf and Kim Clijsters.
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