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Serena, Sharapova on collision course in Madrid

9:38 AM, May 10, 2013   |    comments
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Madrid, Spain (Sports Network) - Reigning champion Serena Williams went the distance in order to win her quarterfinal match, while Maria Sharapova had an easier time reaching the semifinals at the $4 million Madrid Open, a clay- court French Open tune-up.

The world No. 1 Williams barely got past Spanish wild card Anabel Medina Garrigues, 6-3, 0-6, 7-5, in 2 hours, 14 minutes at The Magic Box. Medina Garrigues lost despite recording more service breaks (5-4) than the American superstar on Friday.

The Wimbledon and U.S. Open champion Williams beat Victoria Azarenka in last year's marquee Madrid finale.

Meanwhile, the second-seeded former No. 1 and reigning French Open titlist Sharapova stayed hot by handling Estonian slugger Kaia Kanepi 6-2, 6-4 on Day 7 in the Spanish capital.

Sharapova is seeking her second title in two events, having recently run the table in Stuttgart.

Williams and Sharapova could clash in a blockbuster final on Sunday.

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