Tuesday 21 November 2017

Sharapova sets up Wimbledon final with surprise package Kvitlova

Russia's Maria Sharapova plays against Ukraine's Viktoriya Kutuzova. Photo: AFP, Getty Images
Russia's Maria Sharapova plays against Ukraine's Viktoriya Kutuzova. Photo: AFP, Getty Images
Russia's Maria Sharapova plays against Ukraine's Viktoriya Kutuzova. Photo: AFP, Getty Images

Maria Sharapova marched into the Women’s Final at Wimbledon this afternoon with a straight sets win over Germany’s Sabine Lisicki, 6-0, 6-3.

Although Lisicki broke serve in the second set, it is a match which will be remembered as much for its grunting as its classic tennis.

Russian Sharapova had cruised into the semi finals. She hadn't lost a set all tournament. Her dominance was typified by her quarter final destruction of Dominika Cibulkova 6-1, 6-1. She has reminded everyone at Wimbledon of the Sharapova 2004 vintage.

Lisicki was the first German to make it to the semis since Steffi Graf in 1999 and was aiming to become the fist unseeded player to win the Ladies' Singles title.

Now Sharapova goes on to meet Petra Kvitlova in the final on Saturday.

Earlier Kvitova became the first Czech player since Jana Novotna to reach a Wimbledon singles final as she upset fourth seed Victoria Azarenka in a rollercoaster clash on Centre Court.

Kvitova, who knocked also Azarenka out of Wimbledon last year, stunned her opponent again by racing through the first set in 26 minutes.

But the Belarusian hit back straight away, breaking once to take the second set.

An immediate break in the final set gave Kvitova the advantage and Azarenka failed to respond, leaving the number eight seed to claim her first place in a grand slam final with a 6-1 3-6 6-3 success.

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