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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ivanovic Crushes Sharapova in Paris

APSharapova shaking the hand of her conqueror, Ivanovic, after their semifinal match in Paris on Thursday. Ivanovic will play Henin in the final on Saturday.
PARIS -- Serbia's Ana Ivanovic reached the final of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time with a 6-2, 6-1 demolition of world No. 2 Maria Sharapova at the French Open on Thursday.

The seventh seed Ivanovic, 19, outplayed former Wimbledon champion Sharapova in just 65 minutes, sealing victory with an ace on the first match point to become the first Serbian to make the final of a Grand Slam event.

Sharapova, 20, feels more at ease on faster surfaces and had never gone beyond the quarterfinals on the Paris clay before this year.

The former world No. 1, who said here last week she felt like a "cow on ice" on clay, accumulated unforced errors and looked helpless at times against an opponent playing close to perfection.

Ivanovic broke Sharapova with a forehand pass in the second game and did it again in the sixth courtesy of a double fault from the Russian.

The Serbian then served for the set, leading 5-1, but dropped her service game by hitting a forehand wide.

Ivanovic was soon back in control, however, managing a further break in the next game thanks to another double fault from Sharapova to wrap up the set after 32 minutes.

The second set was even more one-sided, Ivanovic opening up a 5-0 lead before allowing Sharapova to win a service game.

Serving for the match, Ivanovic then quickly earned three match points but only needed one.

Sharapova, who has been fighting a string of injuries and said here she was being hampered by a sore shoulder, has not won a title this year and has never reached he final of a claycourt tournament in her career.

Sharapova's defeat means Justine Henin will still be the world No. 1 next week, after the Belgian put in an imperious performance against Jelena Jankovic. Henin overwhelmed her rival with her fizzing angles and delicate touch to triumph 6-2, 6-2.