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Tennis: Serena overcomes poor serve to flatten Sharapova in Brisbane

Published on Jan 3, 2014 9:09 PM
Serena Williams of the US reacts, as she defeats Maria Sharapova of Russia during their women's singles semi-finals match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, on Jan 3, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BRISBANE (REUTERS, AFP) - Serena Williams did not let her misfiring serve stop her from defeating Maria Sharapova 6-2, 7-6 (9-7) to reach the final of tennis' Brisbane International on Friday.

The world No.1 extended her winning streak over the Russian to 14 matches.

Williams prevailed despite serving poorly throughout, with Sharapova unable to take advantage in a match where there were 10 breaks of serve in total.

The American will now face world No.2 Victoria Azarenka in Saturday's final after the Belarusian defeated Serbia's Jelena Jankovic 1-6 6-3 6-4.

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