Key Biscayne, FL (Sports Network) - Four-time runner-up Maria Sharapova
whipped fellow former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic on Thursday to secure a
berth in her fifth career Sony Open Tennis final.
The third-seeded Sharapova blew away the 22nd-seeded Jankovic 6-2, 6-1 in 63
minutes on a sun-drenched afternoon at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park. The
tall Russian superstar will appear in her third straight Key Biscayne
championship match on Saturday.
The French Open titlist Sharapova broke her Serbian counterpart six times on
Day 10 of this two-week event and is now 7-1 lifetime against the former U.S.
Open runner-up Jankovic, who was a Key Biscayne finalist in 2008.
The red-hot career Grand Slam winner Sharapova is now riding an 11-match
winning streak, which includes a title at Indian Wells two weeks ago. She
will now appear in her 48th career WTA final, seeking a 29th title.
Sharapova will meet the Serena Williams-Agnieszka Radwanska winner in
Saturday's finale. The world No. 1 reigning Wimbledon and U.S. Open queen
Williams is a seven-time Key Biscayne finalist, including a whopping five
titles, while Radwanska is the reigning champ, having beaten Sharapova in
last year's title tilt in Florida.
Williams is a perfect 4-0 lifetime against Radwanska.
The mighty Williams is 59-7 lifetime at this event and currently tied with
the legendary Steffi Graf for the most wins in Key Biscayne. She captured
three straight titles here from 2002-04 and back-to-back championships in
2007 and 2008.
The winner of this $4.195 million event will collect $724,000.
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