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Sharapova sinks Zvonareva to reach Cincinnati final

August 21, 2011

Maria Sharapova of Russia hits a return to Vera Zvonareva of Russia during their semi-final round match of the 2011 Cincinnati Open tennis tournament on August 20, 2011. — Reuters picMaria Sharapova of Russia hits a return to Vera Zvonareva of Russia during their semi-final round match of the 2011 Cincinnati Open tennis tournament on August 20, 2011. — Reuters picMASON, Ohio, Aug 21 — Maria Sharapova recovered from a poor start to beat fellow Russian and world number two Vera Zvonareva 2-6 6-3 6-3 in the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Open yesterday and reach her fourth final of the season.

Sharapova, ranked seventh in the world, will play for her 24th career title against either Andrea Petkovic of Germany or Serb Jelena Jankovic, who play later yesterday.

The former world number one will be aiming for her second title of the season following her victory in Rome after coming from a set down to beat Zvonareva.Vera Zvonareva of Russia serves to Maria Sharapova of Russia during their semi-final round match of the 2011 Cincinnati Open tennis tournament  on August 20, 2011. — Reuters picVera Zvonareva of Russia serves to Maria Sharapova of Russia during their semi-final round match of the 2011 Cincinnati Open tennis tournament on August 20, 2011. — Reuters pic

“I had a slow start, to say the least,” said Sharapova.

“I needed to get my energy back and when I did that I started to make some shots and was able to turn it around.” — Reuters

 

 

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