Clay specialist Anabel Medina Garrigues took Maria Sharapova to a tight third set in Amelia Island today. Sharapova won, 7-6, 5-7, 7-6, but it was a struggle.
Medina Garrigues is a tough competitor who always hangs in until the last point. Last year in Charleston, she took out Li Na, and--had she used better judgment--she most likely would have overcome Venus Williams, also. Medina Garrigues repeatedly set up winners against Williams, but then would make bad decisions and not follow through properly.
Sharapova's next opponent is Alona Bondarenko, who defeated Dinara Safina, 7-6, 0-6, 7-5.