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Sharapova in semis

Maria Sharapova is into the US Open semis.

NEW YORK – Third seed Maria Sharapova recovered to beat Frenchwoman Marion Bartoli and reach the semi-finals of the US Open today.

Play resumed today with the 2006 champion trailing 4-0 in the first set, which she proceeded to lose 6-3.

But Sharapova took the next two sets 6-3 6-4 to set up a last-four encounter against top seed Victoria Azarenka.

Italy’s Sara Errani beat compatriot Roberta Vinci 6-2 6-4 to set up a semi-final against either Serena Williams or Ana Ivanovic.

Three-time champion Williams was scheduled to play 12th seed Ivanovic tonight. Sharapova said: “The rain break gave me a few hours to think about things. I came out so flat yesterday. She’s so tough and she was on fire. I’m so happy to get back to the semi-finals.”

Not since her third-round loss to Flavia Pennetta at Flushing Meadows 12 months ago has Sharapova lost a three-set match, winning 12 out of 12 this season.

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