Result: Maria Sharapova cruises past Petra Kvitova to reach Miami Masters semis

Russia's Maria Sharapova celebrates winning match point against Italy's Karin Knapp in their women's singles second round match on day four of the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 16, 2014
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Fourth seed Maria Sharapova advances to the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters by defeating Petra Kvitova in straight sets.

Maria Sharapova advanced to the quarter-finals of the Miami Masters by defeating Petra Kvitova in straight sets this afternoon.

The fourth seed got off to a horrible start by losing her serve to love in the opening game but broke back in the eighth game to make it 4-4.

It looked like a tie-break would be needed but then Sharapova broke Kvitova to love to snatch the set 7-5 in just over an hour.

The second was a much simpler affair for the Russian as she raced out to a 5-0 lead before serving out the match 7-5 6-1.

Sharapova, who has never won the tournament but finished runner-up on five occasions, will face either Serena Williams or Angelique Kerber in the last four.

Maria Sharapova celebrates his win over Alize Cornet during their Australian Open third round match on January 18, 2014
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