Sharapova beats Errani in Key Biscayne quarters

Wednesday - 3/27/2013, 11:20pm EDT

STEVEN WINE
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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