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Sharapova into semis

Second seed Maria Sharapova battled to a 6-2 2-6 6-4 win over Daniela Hantuchova to book her place in the quarter-finals of the Bank of the West Classic - and a possible meeting with Serena Williams.

The Russian, who had a bye in the first round, was straight into her stride and, despite a blip in the second set, held off Hantuchova to progress.

Next up will be either WIlliams or Maria Kirilenko.

Third seed Marion Bartoli found life a litter easier against Canada's Rebecca Marino, the Frenchwoman claiming a 6-4 6-3 win.

Also through to the qaurter-finals are fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska and eighth seed Dominika Cibulkova.

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