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Sharapova sets up clash with Ivanovic

sports Updated: Mar 16, 2012 22:12 IST

Ana Ivanovic breezed past Marion Bartoli in straight sets while Maria Sharapova survived a scare from a fellow Russian as the two former champions reached the Indian Wells semi-finals Thursday. Three time Grand Slam winner Sharapova, the second seed, battled back from an opening-set loss with a 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 win over Maria Kirilenko in the women's quarter-finals of the joint WTA and ATP event.

Sharapova will face Ivanovic, who easing past a stricken Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-4 in a rematch of their quarter-final contest from last year. Sharapova had cruised through her first three matches at Indian Wells without dropping a set.However, she quickly ran into trouble against Kirilenko -- who had won eight of her previous nine three-set matches.