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Williams, Sharapova to clash in Miami final
AFP-Global Times | March 30, 2013 08:48
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US tennis player Serena Williams in the game. Photo: AFP
US tennis player Serena Williams in the game. Photo: AFP
Russia tennis player Maria Sharapova in the game. Photo: AFP
Russia tennis player Maria Sharapova in the game. Photo: AFP


Five-time champion Serena Williams wasted no time booking her berth in the WTA Miami final by steamrolling Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-3 to set up a title clash with third seed Maria Sharapova.

Russia's Maria Sharapova, a four-time runner-up in Miami, was equally dominant as the newly crowned Indian Wells winner hammered Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-1 in the other semifinal on Thursday.

"I am excited because I am in the final," Serena Williams said. "It definitely felt really good today. I kept my unforced errors rather low.

"I definitely didn't start out the best. A lot of things in my head were going crazy. Slow and steady hopefully wins the race."

The 31-year-old Serena Williams blasted 12 aces and won 83 percent of her first serves in the 65-minute match against the fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

Serena Williams is bidding to become just the fourth woman in the modern era to win the same event six times, joining Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. Evert is the only player over 30 to win the title, doing so at the age of 31 years and two months in 1986.

"She (Maria Sharapova) is playing so well. It will be a great match. We always have great matches," Williams said of facing Sharapova.

Maria Sharapova is in her fifth final in quest of her first Miami title.

"It would mean so much to me," Maria Sharapova said. "I love this city. It was the first city I came to in this country when I was a little girl and I would love to win."

In men's action, reigning US Open and Olympic Games champion Andy Murray reached the semifinals by ousting Croatian ninth seed Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-3, shaking off two early exchanges of breaks to find his form.

The Scottish second seed, who won the 2009 title and lost last year's final, will face French eighth seed Richard Gasquet who surprised Czech fourth seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3.

Gasquet is searching for his first career title in the Miami Masters event. No Frenchman has ever won in the tournament's 28-year history.

The other semifinal sees third-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer against 34-year-old giant killer Tommy Haas, who shocked the world number one and two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic on Tuesday.

AFP - Global Times

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