Tennis - Sharapova cruises into US Open last-16

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Tennis - Sharapova cruises into US Open last-16
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Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return to Sabine Lisicki of Germany during their US Open 2014 women's singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center August 29, 2014 in New York. AFP PHOTO/Don Emmert (AFP Photo/DON EMMERT)

- Maria Sharapova reached the US Open last-16 on Friday with a 6-2, 6-4 win over Germany's Sabine Lisicki.

In a match that saw nine breaks of serve and finished after midnight, Sharapova broke Lisicki in the final game to clinch the win when the German fired a forehand out on the Russian's third match point.

"It was a really tough opponent I had today, a very aggressive, big server," Sharapova said. "I just tried to concentrate on my return, I wasn't serving as well as I wanted to."

Sharapova will face Danish 10th seed and 2009 runner-up Caroline Wozniacki for a quarter-finals place.

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