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Sharapova, Jankovic reach semis

Updated: October 1, 2009, 8:04 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Maria Sharapova advanced to the semifinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Thursday with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Iveta Benesova.

Former No. 1 Sharapova served to go up 6-5 in the final set and then broke Benesova to close out the match in 1 hour, 39 minutes and set up a semifinal with either Magdalena Rybarikova or Agnieska Radwanska, who play later Thursday.

Sharapova has struggled since returning from a 10-month injury layoff but said after Wednesday's win she is starting ...

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