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Serena ousts Maria

Agencies | By, Stanford
Jul 31, 2011 12:51 AM IST

Serena Willaims shrugged off her unseeded status and delivered a dominating 6-1, 6-3 victory over second-seeded Maria Sharapova Friday to reach the semifinals of the WTA Stanford tournament.

Serena Willaims shrugged off her unseeded status and delivered a dominating 6-1, 6-3 victory over second-seeded Maria Sharapova Friday to reach the semifinals of the WTA Stanford tournament.

Williams, a 13-time Grand Slam champion who is unseeded thanks to the slump in her ranking caused by a lengthy injury layoff, showed she's still a contender among the game's elite as she overpowered Sharapova, who struggled throughout with her serve.

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Williams was playing just her third tournament since she won Wimbledon in 2010. She was then sidelined for 11 months by a series of health problems including a cut foot that required surgery and blood clots in her lungs.

Currently ranked 169th, Williams defeated Sharapova for the sixth straight time and improved to 7-2 overall against her.

Sharapova, ranked fifth in the world and fresh off a runner-up finish at Wimbledon, hasn't beaten Williams since the 2004 WTA Championships.

Williams next faces big-hitting German Sabine Lisicki, a 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 6-2 winner over fifth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

Lisicki made it to the semi-finals at Wimbledon as a

wildcard, but her dream run at the All England Club was ended by eventual runner-up Sharapova.

Third-seeded Marion Bartoli reached the semi-finals as Ayumi Morita retired with a right ankle injury after dropping the first set of their quarter-final 6-1.

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