Saturday, November 1, 2014

Sharapova, Djokovic advance to semis

MELBOURNE, Australia—Maria Sharapova has lost only nine games in five matches on the way to the semi-finals at the Australian Open.
But always the perfectionist, she sees room for improvement.

Defending champion Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, made some improvements of his own later in the day, beating Tomas Berdych 6-1, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4 to advance to a semi-final against David Ferrer.
After needing five hours, two minutes to beat Stanislas Wawrinka in the fourth round Sunday, Djokovic never appeared threatened in his pursuit of a third-consecutive Australian Open title.
He completed his win over Berdych in exactly half the time of his previous victory.
Sharapova beat fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-2, 6-2 earlier today.
Her semi-final opponent will be Li Na, who beat Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-3 in the first of today’s quarter-finals, breaking the Polish player’s 13-match winning streak to start the season.
The 30-year-old Li advanced to her third semi-final in four years at Melbourne Park.
The quarter-finals on the other half of the women’s draw will be held tomorrow, with American teen Sloane Stephens taking on Serena Williams, who is aiming for a third-consecutive major title.
Defending champ Azarenka will face two-time major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova.
The first man through to the semi-finals at Melbourne Park had a difficult time.
The No. 4-seeded Ferrer survived once in the third set and twice in the fourth when No. 10 Nicolas Almagro was serving for the match, holding firm to finally advance to his fourth semi-final in six Grand Slam events with a 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4), 6-2 win.
Tomorrow, the other side of the men’s draw has second-seeded Roger Federer facing Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 3 Andy Murray taking on Jeremy Chardy.

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