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Sharapova storms into Miami Open final

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It was a fabulous day at Key Biscayne in Miami with the weather and conditions being just right for a great day of tennis. Starting proceedings were two former world no.1s in 3rd seed Maria Sharapova and 22nd seed Jelena Jankovic, who were facing off for a place in the 2013 Sony Open Final in a bid to claim their first title in Miami event.

With so much at stake for both players, the stage was set for a crackerjack of a tennis match but to the disappointment of tennis fans around the world, the battle of the titans ended on a predictable note, with Sharapova carrying forward her great form from Indian Wells, earlier this month, to steamroll the Serb in straight sets 6-2, 6-1, needing only an hour and three minutes to complete her 10th straight sets victory in a row.

The 4 time Slam winner dominated from the get go and won 11 of the first 12 points en route to a 3-0 lead, breaking Jankovic’s serve twice before the Serb finally found some semblance of form. The 2008 U.S Open runner up then used that form to claw her way back to 2-3.

Sharapova did not let this temporary loss of concentration bother her as she came roaring back to claim the next 7 games on the trot to win the first set 6-2 and lead 4-0 in the second to put herself firmly in the driver’s seat of this WTA singles semi-final.

Some smart tennis from the 22nd seed in the 5th game allowed her to hold serve and get on the board but it was too little too late as the only thing it did was prevent a second set bagel as the Russian resumed her aggressive stroke play to complete the comprehensive victory on her second match point 6-1.

The World No.2s serve was of a tremendous quality throughout the set and she lost only 3 points on her first serve in the match and was 11 for 11 in the second set. Sharapova’s  ‘take no prisoners’ attitude saw her hit 18 winner while making 11 unforced errors. In response, the 28 year old Jankovic could only manage 9 winners negating them with twice as many unforced errors with 21.

For the third straight year and 5th time overall, Sharapova moves into the final of the Miami Open. There, she will meet the winner of the Serena Williams-Agnieszka Radwanska match taking place later in the day. Radwanska beat Sharapova here last year, while she hasn’t won a match against Serena since 2004. Despite that lopsided record, taking the world no.2’s thundering form into consideration things could quite possibly go the Russian’s way and she might prove to be 5th time lucky.

WTA Singles - Semifinals

[3] M Sharapova (RUS) d. [22] J Jankovic (SRB) 62 61