Serena Williams, Sharapova Advance

Two will meet in Family Circle Cup quarterfinals
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2008 9:15 PM CDT
Maria Sharapova, of Russia, serves during her 7-5, 6-2 victory over Tatiana Perebiynis, of Ukraine, during the third round of the Family Circle Cup tennis tournament, in Charleston, S.C. today.   (AP Photo/The Post and Courier, Mic Smith)
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(Newser) – Serena Williams set up a quarterfinal match against Maria Sharapova in the Family Circle Cup, overcoming a sprained ankle and sluggish performance to beat Katarina Srebotnik 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 today. "I just kept making errors and it wasn't pretty out there," the fifth-seeded Williams said after her more than two-hour match. "It wasn't the best tennis for me."

The second-seeded Sharapova beat Taiana Perebiynis of the Ukraine 7-5, 6-2. The Russian star, coming off her first clay-court title last week at Amelie Island, is looking for her fourth tournament victory of the year. Sharapova and Williams have met six times before, with Williams holding a 4-2 advantage. But the two have never met on clay.