Defending champion Maria Sharapova advanced to the semifinals at the Madrid Open by defeating Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 on Thursday.
“She’s improved her consistency tremendously,” Sharapova said. “She got in really good shape at the end of last year and I think that helped her. She was able to turn many defense situations into offense.”
The third-seeded Russian, who is chasing an 11th WTA title on clay, will next play either Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia or Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic.