Serena Williams & Maria Sharapova into Madrid semi-finals

Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova has so far earned £22m in earnings during her career

World number three Maria Sharapova has beaten Caroline Wozniacki to reach the semi-final of the Madrid Masters, while Serena Williams also progressed.

Sharapova, 28, won 6-1 3-6 6-3 after a tough battle with Dane Wozniacki, 24, on the clay in the Spanish capital.

World number one Williams overpowered Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro, 26, 6-1 6-3 in her quarter-final on Thursday.

And Sharapova could face Williams, 33, in the final, who she has not beaten for nearly 11 years.

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The American was too powerful for her Spanish opponent despite a fightback in the second set, in which Williams slammed her racquet into the clay after failing to close out a game to go 5-3 up.

Russian Sharapova, who won the event last year, will face compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova, who battled back from a set down to beat Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-3).

Williams plays Czech Petra Kvitova, who beat Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu 7-5 6-3.

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