05/06/2015 10:15 EDT | Updated 05/06/2016 05:59 EDT

Defending champion Maria Sharapova beats Caroline Garcia, reaches quarterfinals of Madrid Open

MADRID - Maria Sharapova advanced to the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open by beating Caroline Garcia of France 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 Wednesday.

The third-seeded Russian, the defending champion who is making her sixth appearance at the Madrid tournament, broke her opponent's serve five times but was broken three times.

Also, fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-1, 6-4 and Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania beat Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4.