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Sharapova continues fine Bank of the West run

Maria Sharapova is returning to her best form and reached the last eight in California.
Maria Sharapova is returning to her best form and reached the last eight in California.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Maria Sharapova reaches last eight at Bank of the West Classic in California
  • Sharapova sees off Olga Govertsova in straight sets in second round match
  • Defending champion Marion Bartoli of France beats former World No.1 Ana Ivanovic

(CNN) -- Maria Sharapova continued her fine run at the WTA Bank of the West Classic in California with a straight sets win over Olga Govortsova of Belarus to reach the quarterfinals.

The fifth seed swept aside Govortsova 6-3 6-3 in their second round match in her first tournament of the American hard court season.

"It was a sloppy first game but the rest of it was fine," Sharapova told the official WTA website.

"I took my chances when I could,"

The former world number one beat Zheng Jie of China in her first round clash at the oldest women-only event on the tennis circuit as she works her way up the rankings after a series of injuries.

It was a sloppy first game but the rest of it was fine
--Maria Sharapova
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In other action, 16th seed Shahar Peer of Israel was sent crashing by Sharapova's fellow Russian Maria Kirilenko, who advanced with a 6-4 6-3 victory on Thursday night.

"This time I decided to be a lot more aggressive," Kirilenko said. "This year has been so much better and given me a lot of confidence."

Home hopes took a jolt as Melanie Oudin was dispatched 6-3 6-1 by eighth-seeded Victoria Azarenka, who is finding her best form in mid-year.

She next plays defending champion Marion Bartoli of France who beat former world number one Serbia's Ana Ivanovic 6-3 6-4 in the final match Thursday in Stanford.