Posted: Fri January 31, 2014 6:08PM; Updated: Fri January 31, 2014 6:08PM

Sharapova, Pavlyuchenkova set up all-Russian semifinal in Paris

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Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova easily took down Kirsten Flipkens 6-2, 6-2 to reach the semifinals in Paris.
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PARIS (AP) -- Top-seeded Maria Sharapova thrashed eighth-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-2, 6-2 on Friday to set up an all-Russian semifinal against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Open Gaz de France.

Although Sharapova dropped her serve once, the four-time Grand Slam champion broke Flipkens' serve five times to win in little more than an hour.

In a more tightly-contested match, Pavlyuchenkova upset fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (3).

Both had seven aces and also dropped serve four times each.

In Friday's later quarterfinals, No. 3 Sara Errani of Italy takes on Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, and Andrea Petkovic of Germany plays France's Alize Cornet.

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