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Sharapova powers into final

Defending champion Maria Sharapova moved to within one victory of her third straight Stuttgart title after a 6-1, 6-2 win over Italy's Sara Errani in yesterday's semi-final.

Sharapova, who won the title in 2012 and 2013, needed just under an hour to see off clay-court specialist Errani in what was a repeat of the 2012 French Open final which the Russian also won.

"It's my first tournament on clay and, at the start of the week, I set the goal of improving from match to match," said Sharapova.

The Russian, who has never won a tournament three times running, will face the winner of the all-Serbian semi-final between former world 
No. 1s Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic in today's final. - AFP.