Sharapova broke Kvitova's serve in the last game to finish off a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 victory and set up a
championship match against third-seeded Victoria Azarenka. The third-seeded Belarusian ousted
defending champion Kim Clijsters earlier Thursday to reach her first Grand Slam final.
Whoever wins the final also will gain the No. 1 ranking.
Sharapova lost to second-ranked Kvitova in the Wimbledon final last year, her first major final since
returning in 2009 after a long time off the tour following a shoulder operation. She has won three majors,
but none since the Australian four years ago.
"In the third set, I felt she always had the advantage because I was always down on my serve," said
Sharapova, who served five double-faults in the third set and 10 in the match. "I just told myself you just
gotta go for it, don't let her finish off the points like she likes to."