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The No. 2 seed looks to be a favorite after sweeping Peng Shuai 6-2 and 6-1 in the third round.
While only 25, Sharapova has acquired the knowledge and experience of a veteran since winning Wimbledon at 17.
After two Grand Slam final losses at Wimbledon and the Australian Open, Sharapova bounced back and won the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix like a true veteran.
While Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki and Victoria Azarenka made everyone think there was a passing of a torch to the younger players, Sharapova is a dangerous veterans who won't make it easy on the young stars.