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Kuznetsova finishes off Sharapova's perfect start, will face Jankovic in semis

Updated: March 22, 2008, 12:51 AM ET
Reuters

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Maria Sharapova's perfect start to the year came to a shuddering halt when she lost 6-3 5-7 6-2 to fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Pacific Life Open semifinals on Friday.

Australian Open champion Sharapova, who had won her first 18 matches of the season, was outplayed in a fluctuating match lasting two hours, 19 minutes.

Kuznetsova will face top-seeded Ana Ivanovic in Sunday's final, the Serb having beaten compatriot Jelena Jankovic 7-6, 6-3 later ...

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