Maria Sharapova reached her fourth final at the Sony Ericsson Open by beating Caroline Wozniacki 4-6 6-2 6-4 in the semis. We’ll see whether the Russian will manage to win her first title in Miami, against Marion Bartoli or Agnieszka Radwanska.
It was Sharapova who broke first in every set against Wozniacki, and in the match as a whole she earned as much as 16 break points, converting six of them. In the beginning, Sharapova dictated the encounter and broke Wozniacki twice, but in the second half of the set Sharapova’s errors mounted and she handed the set to the Dane. In the second set Sharapova raced to a 4-0 lead, and this time she held on her advantage to go to the third set against Wozniacki for the first time in their five meetings.
The third set was tight as Sharapova worked her way to 5-2. Wozniacki approached by winning the next two games, but Sharapova ultimately served out victory in a dramatic last game involving a delicate situation with the umpire’s overrule of Sharapova’s supposed double fault. (photo: © Neal Trousdale)