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TENNIS : MARIA SHARAPOVA BEATS DEADLY JELENA OSTAPENKO IN NAIL-BITER QUARTER-FINALS AT ITALIAN OPEN !



TENNIS : MARIA SHARAPOVA BEATS DEADLY JELENA OSTAPENKO IN NAIL-BITER QUARTER-FINALS AT ITALIAN OPEN !
It was definitely a loud battle of grunts in Rome, but surely much more than that.

It was a sheer battle of guts - - and wills.

Of Roman Gladiators, if you like.

Jelena Ostapenko @JelenaOstapenk8 delivered the first knock-down punch, but didn’t complete the KO.

She took the First Set, 7-6, in a breath-taking Tie Break at the Italian Open Quarter-Finals, but Maria Sharapova @MariaSharapova sprung back, swinging.

Sharapova firing back, took the Second Set, 6-4, and the battle has just begun.

Third (and Final) Set, was the Battle Royale.

MARIA SHARAPOVA
Maria Sharapova digs deep to unleash some more firepower, and quickly took early lead 5-2, the lead so convincing one reporter thought the match was now "done and dusted".

But Jelena Ostapenko, French Open Champion just at 20, wouldn't just go down without a brawl.

She closed out her Service Game and saved two nervy Match Points to break back Sharapova, barely levelling the canvas, 5-5.

After a gruelling 3 hours and 10 minutes of fierce battle, Ostapenko finally succumbed, on serve, to Sharapova, 7-5.

Maria Sharapova barely escaped Jelena Ostapenko's deadly fangs to slip into the Semi-Finals, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5.

RELATED STORY: TENNIS : JELENA OSTAPENKO IS THE NEW FRENCH OPEN CHAMP ! FAIRY-TALE FIRST WIN BY THE UNSEEDED 20-YEAR-OLD !





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3.11hrs on court. Loved every bit of it. Thank you Roma for the ❤️
Posted by Maria Sharapova on Friday, 18 May 2018

Two minutes on court with the GOAT ๐Ÿ Rafa Nadal #BucketList Was so nervous ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฌ
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