Johannesburg, Apr 27: Defending champion Maria Sharapova has booked a final berth at the Stuttgart-WTA tournament, the Porsche Grand Prix, against Serbian ace Ana Ivanovic following their respective semi-final victories on Saturday.
The four-time Grand Slam winner, who won the title in 2012 and 2013, moved to within one victory of her third straight Stuttgart title just under an hour to see off clay-court specialist Italian Sara Errani 6-1, 6-2 in what was a repeat of the 2012 French Open final.
According to Sport24, the Russian, who has never won a tournament three times running, will face former number one Ivanovic in Sunday’s final after the Serb’s 6-3, 7-5 victory over Jelena Jankovic in an all-Serbian semi-final.
Sharapova leads the series 7-2, with Ivanovic, ranked 12th in the world, having lost twice last year on clay to the Russian – in the Stuttgart quarter-finals and Madrid semi-finals, the report added. (ANI)