World Champion Serena Williams and Russian star Maria Sharapova have qualified for the semi-final of 2015 Mutua Madrid Open. Defending champion Maria beat Caroline Wozniacki in the quarterfinal match to enter in the semis whereas American Serena’s defeated Carla Suarez Navarro in the quarterfinal to make it through final four.
Maria Sharapova lost second set in the win against number 5 seed Caroline Wozniacki but she came back well in the third set and win it. Sharapova registers her sixth win over Wozniacki by 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the quarter-final and she’ll face either Svetlana Kuznetsova or Lucie Safarova in the semi-final. Current world no. 3 Sharapova may move up to rank 2 in the WTA rankings if she reaches to final.
In a news press conference after the match Sharapova said, “I had a good start but my level obviously dropped and I became much more inconsistent and passive. So I think that a little bit of a switch (helped) and just (being) a little bit more aggressive and going a little bit for my shots, moving forward. It was more of a mental change as well. Just looking for the next shot and creating a few extra steps in my footwork.”
In another battle against Serena Williams, Carla Suarez Navarro failed to register win as in previous 5 meetings American defeated Carla all the time. Serena wins in straight sets by 6-1, 6-3 to reach in the semi-finals.