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Pavlyuchenkova upsets Sharapova, to face Errani in Paris final

Feb. 1, 2014 at 4:10 PM

PARIS, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova upset top-seeded Maria Sharapova in the semifinals Saturday and will face Sara Errani for the title of the GDF Suez Open.

The unseeded Pavlyuchenkova took advantage of seven double faults to rally past fellow Russian Sharapova, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 indoors in Paris.

The former world No. 1 was broken five times in the defeat.

Pavlyuchenkova was coming off another upset win -- she doused fourth-seeded 2012 champ Angelique Kerber Friday. The 22-year-old will be looking for a sixth career championship.

Her finals opponent will be third-seeded Italian Errani, who turned back a challenge from unseeded Alize Cornet of France, 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 7-6 (7-5) in the day's late semifinal.

Errani, who bested Pavlyuchenkova in their only other meeting, is seeking her eighth career title.

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