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WTA Miami 2013: Maria Sharapova vs. Jelena Jankovic SF Preview

By Pawan Atri    + Follow

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WTA Miami 2013: Maria Sharapova vs. Jelena Jankovic SF Preview
Second seed Maria Sharapova will square-off against former US Open finalist Jelena Jankovic for a spot in the final of the Sony Open on Thursday. The Russian will be certainly looking forward to improve on her showing against the Serb after her scratchy triumph over Sara Errani in the quarterfinals.

In a battle of the former world no.1’s, Maria has to be on the mark right from the word go as she can’t afford to have yet another off-colored day at the office, if she has to make it to the championship clash against either five time victor Serena Williams or defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska.

The superstar was completely out of gear versus Sara Errani in her last 8 duel and committed way too many unforced errors to her liking. Apart from the 49 mistakes that she made, her plight was made worse by the 14 double-faults that she served up during the two and a half hour encounter.

After, her ugly appearing conquest the world no.2 said: "Sara is extremely difficult to play. She doesn't have the height or the power, but she gets so many balls back and stays so consistent, and does it over and over again. She is so consistent. She also has great court coverage and variety. She really makes you work."

The diva who has never captured the crown at Crandon Park despite reaching the finals of the event four times is attempting to become only the third lady after the legendary Steffi Graf and Kim Clijsters to complete the Indian Wells and Miami double in the same year. On being asked what it would mean to her if she is able to accomplish that feat, the 25 year old claimed: "I've been so close to winning. I would love to win this. I've been coming to this tournament since I was a little kid. It would mean a lot to win it."

Meanwhile, her opponent Jankovic also did not have a smooth passage through to the semis and had to battle hard to attain a three set win over the Australian Open doubles champion Roberta Vinci. Despite, losing the second set in a tiebreaker, the three times French Open semifinalist managed to keep her cool and closed out the match after bagging the decider 6-3.

The two girls have battled each other seven times in the past and it is the reigning queen of Paris who leads their head-to-head overwhelmingly. Sharapova is 6-1 all time against the Belgrade native and has beaten Jankovic in their recent three meetings. However, their last play-off went the distance, and that’s what we can anticipate in this one as well. Still, it will be the darling of the fans who would be the aggressor in the contest and because of that one quality she will be able to cross this hurdle.

Pick: Sharapova in two.  

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