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Maria Sharapova Advances To Final Of Madrid Open

posted 11 May 2013, 10:40 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 11 May 2013, 10:40 ]

Maria Sharapova beats Ana Ivanovic of Serbia to meet Serena Williams in final of the Madrid Open.

 MADRIDSPAIN (MAY 11, 2013) (WTA TOUR) -  Second seed Maria Sharapova of Russia beat Serb Ana Ivanovic 6-4 6-3 to reach the finals of the Madrid Open on Saturday (May 11).

Russia's Sharapova will meet Serena Williams in the final after the U.S. player swept aside Sara Errani of Italy 7-5 6-2.

The world number two took the first set 6-4.

Serbia's Ivanovic pulled out a 2-0 lead in the second set but Sharapova dragged the score back to 3-3 and then dominated to deny Ivanovic another game.

World number one Williams and Sharapova have met on 14 occasions with Williams winning 12 of them.

Sharapova said afterwards: "You know first of all it's great to be in this final. It's the first time I have been in the final of this tournament which is a great reward but I do have a tough match ahead of me, and yeah, I hope I can play and maintain the same level that I have been having in this tournament."

Results from the Madrid Open Women's Singles Semifinal matches on Saturday

2-Maria Sharapova (Russia) beat 16-Ana Ivanovic (Serbia) 6-4 6-3

1-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat 7-Sara Errani (Italy) 7-5 6-2