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Anna Kournikova’s countrywoman Maria Sharapova has defeated Sabine Lisicki of Germany in the third round of the women’s tennis singles tournament of London Olympics. Lisicki had stunned Sharapova by defeating her in the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championship a few days back. But, Sharapova took her revenge and knocked the German player out of the Olympics. However, Lisicki fought hard and made Sharapova work hard for her points. Sharapova won the match by 6-7 (8/10), 6-4, 6-3 and secured a place in the quarter finals. Sharapova had to struggle for 2 hour and 47 minutes to win the match.

Lisicki broke Sharapova’s service in the very first game of the first set, but, Sharapova bounced back and got a breakthrough in the second game to level the score 1-1. Thereafter, both the players held their service in the next four games and the score was 3-3. But, Lisicki was able to break Sharapova’s service in the seventh game. She held his service in the next game to make the score 5-3. At the score of 5-4, when she was serving for the set, she couldn’t hold his service and Sharapova was able to level the score 5-5. Both the players held their service in the next two games and the score was tied at 6-6. But, in the tie breaker, the German player played sensibly and won the first set.

After losing the first set, Sharapova was under a lot of pressure. Lisicki continued to play well in the second set and broke the service of Sharapova in the seventh game. It seemed that the German player might upset Sharapova again. But, Sharapova made a comeback and broke Lisicki’s service in the eighth game to make the score 4-4. Sharapova again got a breakthrough in the 10th game to win second set by 6-4. In the third set, Sharapova played well and broke Lisicki’s service once to win the set easily by 6-3.

After the match, Sharapova admitted that she wasn’t at her best in the match. She said that she would like to play better in the upcoming matches. In the quarter final, Sharapova will play against Kim Klijsters of Belgium.