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Sharapova Vs Errani: Top 10 On The Line

Maria Sharapova will face Sara Errani in the semifinals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Saturday- the winner will be in the Top 10, the loser won't.

Published April 25, 2014 12:12

Sharapova Vs Errani: Top 10 On The Line
Maria Sharapova

STUTTGART, Germany - Earlier today, Maria Sharapova defeated top seed Agnieszka Radwanska to extend her Porsche Tennis Grand Prix winning streak to 11 straight matches while Italy's Sara Errani defeated Carla Suarez-Navarro via a retirement in the third set setting up a rematch of the 2012 Roland Garros final. With both Errani and Sharapova advancing to the semifinals at Stuttgart, a Top 10 ranking is on the line for both players.

For Sharapova, the two-time Stuttgart champion with 470 points to defend this week, anything less than a semifinal run this week would have resulted in her slipping outside the Top 10 for the first time since March 2011. Errani, who dropped out of the Top 10 after 2014 Miami, did not have any points to defend this week (lost in opening round at 2013 Stuttgart), and needed to reach the semifinals in order to add points (her 16th best result is 100 points).

Errani, who dropped out of the Top 10 after 2014 Miami, did not have any points to defend this week (lost in opening round at 2013 Stuttgart), and needed to reach the semifinals in order to add points (her 16th best result is 100 points).

Sharapova is projected to move to No.10 with a win over Errani and could maintain her No.9 ranking by winning her third consecutive title at Stuttgart.

Meanwhile, Errani would to return to the Top 10 at No.9 with a win over Sharapova, with a potential rise to No.8 (only if Jankovic falls in quarterfinals and Errani wins title).

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