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Sharapova beats Kvitova to make Australian Open final

Maria Sharapova gets all pumped up as she takes the winning point against Petra Kvitova in the second women’s singles semi-final at the Australian Open, January 26, 2012. — Reuters picMaria Sharapova gets all pumped up as she takes the winning point against Petra Kvitova in the second women’s singles semi-final at the Australian Open, January 26, 2012. — Reuters picMELBOURNE, Jan 26 — Fourth seed Maria Sharapova overcame a second-set rally by second seed Petra Kvitova to advance to her third Australian Open final with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory today.

Sharapova will now meet third seed Victoria Azarenka in the women’s final on Saturday after the Belarusian beat 2011 champion Kim Clijsters 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 earlier. — Reuters