Serena Williams beats Maria Sharapova in Brisbane semifinals

Serena Williams' 6-2, 7-6 (7) win against Maria Sharapova helped her set-up a title clash against Victoria Azarenka.

updated: January 03, 2014 20:17 IST
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Brisbane: Serena Williams extended her winning streak against Maria Sharapova to 14 matches with a 6-2, 7-6 (7) semifinal victory Friday to earn a shot at back-to-back Brisbane International titles.

The defending champion will play second-seeded Victoria Azarenka in Saturday's final, and will be favored to retain the title that kicked off her stunning 2013 season that included 78 wins from 82 matches and 11 titles.

Williams improved to 15-2 against Sharapova, with both losses way back in 2004.

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