Sharapova to face Serena

  • Last Updated: March 29 2013, 8:37 GMT

Maria Sharapova thrashed Jelena Jankovic 6-2 6-1 to breeze into the final of the Sony Open in Miami.

Maria Sharapova celebrates victory over Jelena Jankovic
Maria Sharapova celebrates victory over Jelena Jankovic

The Russian is still seeking her first victory in the event after finishing runner-up on four previous occasions.

Sharapova broke Jankovic three times in each set to win her 11th match in a row, ending matters after 63 minutes by breaking the Serb with a forehand winner.

The third seed reduced the number of double faults from 14 in a quarter-final victory over Italy's Sara Errani to only three against Jankovic.

"I thought I needed to step it up a lot from my last match," Sharapova said. "I had a very tough opponent and I had to play much better. I was very happy at the way I was able to focus today."

Serena Williams was similarly untroubled against fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, taking precisely one minute more than Sharapova to complete a 6-0 6-3 win.

Williams will go into the final, her eighth in Miami, a strong favourite having won each of her last 10 meetings with the Russian, dropping just two sets in the process.


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