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Henin, Sharapova advance to Madrid final

  |   Nov. 10, 2007 at 3:10 PM
MADRID, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Belgium's Justine Henin and Maria Sharapova were Saturday's semifinal winners at the WTA Sony Ericsson Championships in Madrid.

Henin, the tournament's top seed, toughed out a 6-4, 6-4 win against Serbia's Ana Ivanovic, the fourth seed, after struggling with her serve and four service breaks.

Sharapova, the No. 6 seed, trounced fellow Russian and seventh-seeded Anna Chakvetadze 6-2, 6-2.

"It is going to be a tough final, she's got nothing to lose," Henin said. "(Sharapova) has had a tough season, but now she's back at her best level and she's a champion."

Sharapova recorded service breaks in both sets against Chakvetadze, and saved all five break points against her own serve to improve to 6-0 all-time against her compatriot, including four wins in as many tries this season.

Sunday's Henin-Sharapova winner of the season-ending event will collect $1 million, with the runner-up earning $500,000.

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