MIAMI: Three-time runner-up Maria Sharapova booked her second straight Miami final after beating a disgruntled Caroline Wozniacki to set up a clash with Agnieszka Radwanska.
Sharapova won 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 after two hours, 34 minutes, the match ending in acrimony as Wozniacki objected to the umpire’s overrule of a call on match point.
World number four Radwanska’s 6-4, 6-2 victory over Marion Bartoli was more straightforward.
“It’s always disappointing to lose in the finals, but it’s part of the career,” said Sharapova. “I’m happy that I gave myself another chance to go out there and try to change that.”
Djokovic downs determined Ferrer
Meanwhile, in the men’s event, defending champion Novak Djokovic booked a semi-final match with Juan Monaco after holding off a determined David Ferrer of Spain to win 6-2, 7-6 (7/1).
Djokovic, 24, was firmly in control during the tie-break as he advanced to a meeting with Monaco, who celebrated his 28th birthday by surprising eighth-seeded American Mardy Fish 6-1, 6-3.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2012.
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