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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Sharapova Wins an All-Russian Battle

ReutersWorld No. 4 Nikolai Davydenko celebrating his 7-5, 6-4, 6-4 win over Argentine Guillermo Canas at Rolland Garros on Tuesday. The victory sets up a semifinal showdown with world No. 1 Roger Federer, who defeated Spaniard Tommy Robredo 7-5, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 on
PARIS -- World No. 1 Maria Sharapova advanced to the semifinals of the French Open for the first time by brushing aside 20-year-old compatriot Anna Chakvetadze 6-3, 6-4 on Tuesday.

Second seed Sharapova, who feels more at ease on faster surfaces and had never gone beyond the quarterfinals on four previous visits to Roland Garros, needed just 78 minutes to beat Chakvetadze, seeded ninth.

Chakvetadze, who lost to Sharapova in the quarterfinals of this year's Australian Open, bowed out by firing a backhand return wide on the first match point.

Former Wimbledon champion Sharapova, who is hampered by a sore shoulder and said here she felt like a "cow on ice" on clay, will face Serbia's Ana Ivanovic, who beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-0, 3-6, 6-1, for a place in the final.

The 19-year-old Ivanovic, who lost in the quarters here two years ago, took the first set against a dazed Kuznetsova in just 21 minutes before the Russian belatedly came to her senses and leveled the match.

Kuznetsova asked for the trainer at 1-2 down in the decider, complaining of abdominal pain, and was clearly below-par as the tall Ivanovic marched through the next four games.

Jelena Jankovic continued a historic French Open for Serbia when she joined Ivanovic in the semifinals.

Fourth seed Jankovic, the form player on the circuit coming into Roland Garros, beat 18-year-old Czech Nicole Vaidisova 6-3, 7-5.

It is the first time two Serbian women have reached the semifinals at a Grand Slam tournament, and Novak Djokovic has the chance to follow them Wednesday in the men's event.

She will face top seed Justine Henin, who put aside memories of her acrimonious clash with Serena Williams four years ago to beat the Australian Open champion 6-4, 6-3.

This time there was no repeat of the highly charged 2003 match as the Belgian world No. 1 simply outclassed Williams with her sublime strokeplay.