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Sharapova toils on way to quarters

AFP, STUTTGART, Germany

Mandy Minella of Luxembourg also fought back from a set down to beat fourth-seeded Kaia Kanepi of Estonia 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Kanepi had seven aces, but double-faulted nine times, and Minella broke her three times.

Seventh-seeded Kristina Mladenovic of France advanced to the last eight by beating Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan 6-3, 6-3 and Spain’s Silvia Soler-Espinosa joined her after thrashing Russia’s Olga Puchkova 6-0, 6-3.

Sixth-seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy also cruised into the quarter-finals, beating two-time runner up Simona Halep of Romania 6-3, 6-2.

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