In the first of Friday’s semi final matches at the Miami Open, 3rd seed Maria Sharapova took on 22nd seed Jelena Jankovic and needed just three minutes over the hour for her victory which sees her into her fifth final at this tournament. The Russian is in superb form and has made her way to the final without losing a set – a repetition of the Indian Wells tournament which she won. She built up a 3-0 lead before Jankovic managed to get back to 2-3, but the Serb’s efforts were in vain, as she did not win another game in the set, which the Russian took 6-2. In the second set Jankovic was allowed just one game, as Sharapova’s precise power play took the set 6-1.
The second semi was played at night between top seed Serena Williams and 4th seed Aga Radwanska. This match took two minutes longer than the first semi and in winning Williams matched Sharapova in only losing three games. The American stormed through the first, taking it 6-0 with a mixture of great serving and precise groundies. In the second set the Pole managed to find some rhythm and got to 2-2 but Williams got a break in the 6th game to lead 4-2 and another one to finish the set at 6-3.
Williams leads Sharapova in 11-2 their head to head stat but with both these players in fine form and with equally powerful games, the final should be a great match.
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