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Keothavong books last eight spot

British number one Anne Keothavong
Keothavong is chasing a first WTA tournament win

Anne Keothavong came back from a set down to win at the Warsaw Open as Maria Sharapova continued her successful comeback from injury.

Keothavong beat American Jill Craybas 3-6 6-3 6-1 to become the first British woman to reach the quarter-finals of a WTA clay-court event since 1990.

"I'm so pleased with the way I kept fighting out there," said Keothavong.

Sharapova, in her second singles game after a nine-and-a-half-month injury lay-off, beat Darya Kustova 6-2 6-0.

She now plays eighth seed Alona Bondarenko for a semi-final place.

Sharapova still had her right shoulder strapped but put in a much more consistent performance than in her first round victory over Tathiana Garbin.


"I thought I did the right things at the right time," said former world number one Sharapova.

"I played a solid game and I did everything I had to do to win."

Keothavong will now play either Julia George, of Germany, or Romania's Ioana Raluca Olaru.

"I'm really pleased to be through to the quarters of a premier WTA event, especially on clay," said Keothavong.

"Jill has been around for a long time. She has plenty of experience and is a tough opponent to break down but I managed to do that by being patient and mixing it up.

"I'm feeling great and looking forward to whoever I play on Thursday."

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