Five time champion Serena Williams wasted no time, booking their berth in the final of the WTA Miami Agnieszka Radwanska steamrolling 6-0, 6-3 to set up title clash with third seed Maria Sharapova. Russia’s Sharapova, four runner-up in Miami is as dominant as freshly crowned Indian Wells winner hammered Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-1 in the other semifinal Thursday
“It would mean so much to me,” Sharapova said of a Miami title. “The fans give me so much support here. I love this city. It was the first city I came to in this country when I was a little girl and I would love to win here.” 31-year-old Williams blasted 12 aces and won 83 percent of his first serves in the 65-minute match against fourth-scheme Radwanska of Poland.
Williams was bidding to become the fourth woman in the modern era to win the same event six times, joined Chris Evert, Steffi Graf and Martina Navratilova. Evert is the only player over 30 years old to win the title, that at the age of 31 years, two months in 1986.
Sharapova is in his fifth final in search of his first title in Miami. “It would mean so much to me,” Sharapova said. Four-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova lost to Kim Clijsters in the 2005 Miami final, Svetlana Kuznetsova in 2006, Victoria Azarenka in 2011 and last year, Radwanska, in straight sets.
Not only that Sharapova is trying to end Florida’s frustration, she tries to become only the third woman to win both major events in March, Indian Wells and Miami in the same year. Graf swept a pair in 1994 and 1996, Clijsters did in 2005. Jankovic broke Sharapova three times in each set to win 11 games in a row, namely questions after 63 minutes by breaking the Serb with a forehand winner.