Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova to meet in Brisbane semifinals

While Serena Williams cruised to an easy 6-3, 6-3 win over Diminika Cibulkova, Maria Sharapova took two hours to go past 2012 Brisbane champion Kaia Kanepi.

updated: January 02, 2014 13:37 IST
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Brisbane: Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will renew their long and not-so-friendly rivalry after setting up a semifinal matchup at the Brisbane International, a key tuneup event for the Australian Open.

Top-ranked Williams, the defending champion, didn't lose a point on her serve in the first set en route to a 6-3, 6-3 win over ninth-seeded Diminika Cibulkova of Slovakia in just over an hour.

Third-seeded Sharapova, meanwhile, needed two hours to beat 2012 Brisbane champion Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, dropping three service games in the first set and another to open the second before finding her range and staging her comeback.

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