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Sharapova beats Errani in Key Biscayne quarters

Wednesday - 3/27/2013, 11:20pm  ET

Maria Sharapova, of Russia, reacts after wining the first set against Sara Errani, of Italy, during the quarterfinals of the Sony Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

AP Sports Writer

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- The grunts were long and loud in the final game, as if Maria Sharapova was pushing a couch across nearby Crandon Beach.

Trying to win the Sony Open must feel that way to Sharapova, a four-time runner-up. She returned to the semifinals Wednesday despite a patchy performance, beating Sara Errani 7-5, 7-5.

Sharapova had 57 unforced errors, including 13 double-faults, and overcame three set points in the second set.

"I made things much more difficult than they should have been," she said.

The two sets took 2
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