KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — One point from victory, Maria Sharapova chased after a shot in the corner but couldn’t reach it, so she had to keep playing.
Nearly an hour later she was still at it, trying to win that elusive clinching point against stubborn Lucie Safarova.
Sharapova needed nine match points before she finally closed out a win Saturday night in the third round of the Sony Open, beating Safarova 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-2.
“After a match like that, it’s tough to have only one winner,” Sharapova said, “because both players give a lot and both want to win so much.”
No. 1-ranked Serena Williams won a marathon, too, taking 2
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