[Yahoo] Sharapova advances at China Open (AP)

Rusty Backhand
09-22-2005, 12:31 PM
Top-ranked Maria Sharapova beat Israel's Shahar Peer 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 and advanced to the quarterfinals of the China Open on Thursday. Sharapova, who lost in the U.S. Open semifinals to Kim Clijsters earlier this month, was tested by Peer but persevered in a match that lasted more than two hours. ``I focused in the third set and won it,'' she said.