Sharapova beats Goerges to reach Strasbourg semis

Maria Sharapova beat Julia Goerges of Germany 7-6 (2), 6-1 Friday to advance to the semifinals of the Strasbourg International.

The top-seeded Russian will next face Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain who defeated Sofia Arvidsson of Sweden 6-2, 7-5.

Both quarterfinals were interrupted by rain on Thursday. Sharapova was leading 3-2 while the fifth-seeded Spaniard took the first set.

Sharapova is looking to get back to her best before the start of the French Open after recovering from a right elbow injury.