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Tennis: Maria Sharapova sets up semi-final showdown with Serena Williams

Published on Jan 2, 2014 4:48 PM

BRISBANE (REUTERS) - Maria Sharapova rallied to beat Kaia Kanepi today and will meet Serena Williams in the Brisbane International semi-final knowing she must drastically improve to end her run of 13 straight defeats against the world No. 1.

Williams comfortably beat Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-3 in 61 minutes, winning the first set without losing a point on serve.

Prior to this match, Sharapova was involved in an error-strewn battle as she came from a set down to defeat Estonia's Kanepi 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours.

Had 2012 champion Kanepi been in better form - the match produced 66 clangers in total - the Sharapova-Williams semi-final match-up the tournament organisers had been hoping for would have been scuppered.

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