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Tennis: Ivanovic ousts Sharapova in three-set thriller

Published on Aug 17, 2014 1:19 PM
Ana Ivanovic of Serbia celebrates after defeating Maria Sharapova of Russia after a match on day 8 of the Western & Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center in Cincinnati, Ohio on Aug 16, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP 

CINCINNATI (AFP) - Ana Ivanovic overcame illness and nerves as she outlasted French Open champ Maria Sharapova 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 on Saturday to reach the final of the WTA Tour's Cincinnati event.

The former world number one will face off for the title, at the last major tune-up prior to the US Open, when she plays Serena Williams on Sunday.

The American top seed Williams moved within one win of a second pre-Open hardcourt title as she beat Caroline Wozniacki 2-6, 6-2, 6-4.

Ivanovic led by a set and 5-2 but fell victim to her nerves as the scrambling Sharapova, a five-time grand slam champion and fellow former number one, fought back. Sharapova levelled the sets at one each as she clinched the second set with an ace.

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