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Sharapova storms into Brisbane final

Top seed Maria Sharapova stamped her authority on the Brisbane International when she downed Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina 6-1, 6-3 in the semifinal on Friday. Sharapova was in magnificent touch as she disposed of Svitolina to set up a dream final against Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic on Saturday.  The Russian world number two also showed she will be a serious contender to win her second Australian Open when the year’s first Grand Slam begins in just over a week.

Svitolina, 20, is considered a rising star of the women’s game. She showed tremendous fighting spirit to defeat third seed Angelique Kerber in the quarterfinal when she came back from losing the first set.
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