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Sharapova in semis

MADRID: Russians Maria Sharapova and Anna Chakvetadze needed three-set victories to reach the semi-finals at the Sony Ericsson Championships on Thursday. Sharapova’s 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 win over countrywoman Svetlana Kuznetsova also advanced unbeaten Ana Ivanovic. Sharapova will play Ivanovic. Defending champion Justine Henin crushed Wimbledon finalist Marion Bartoli 6-0, 6-0 — the first victory to love in the WTA season-ending championship’s 35-year history. Chakvetadze hung on to beat third-ranked Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 0-6, 6-3. — AP