Maria is through to the final of the Sony Open Tennis in Miami
for the third consecutive year. In the semis, Maria defeated No.22
seed Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-2 6-1 in 63 minutes.
Maria has now won 11 consecutive matches - and all of the wins
have been in straight sets.
In the first set, Maria won 10 of the first 11 points as she built
a 3-0 double break lead. Jankovic broke Maria's serve in the next
game but Maria won three of the next four games to take the set 6-2
in 34 minutes.
Maria continued her form in the second set as she dropped only one
game throughout the set. In the final game of the match, Maria
broke Jankovic's serve and won match point on a forehand winner to
book her spot in her fifth Miami final.
In Saturday's final to be played at 12.00 PM local time, Maria
will play No.1 seed Serena Williams of the United States. Maria has
played Williams thirteen times before and trails the series 2-11,
here are the matches they have played against each other:
2004 Miami R4: Williams won 6-4 6-3
2004 Wimbledon Final: Maria won 6-1 6-4
2004 WTA Championships Final: Maria won 4-6 6-2 6-4
2005 Australian Open Semi-Final: Williams won 2-6 7-5 8-6
2007 Australian Open Final: Williams won 6-1 6-2
2007 Miami R4: Williams won 6-1 6-1
2008 Charleston Quarter-Final: Williams won 7-5 4-6 6-1
2010 Wimbledon R4: Williams won 7-6 6-4
2011 Stanford Quarter-Final: Williams won 6-1 6-3
2012 Madrid Quarter-Final: Williams won 6-1 6-3
2012 Olympics Final: Williams won 6-0 6-1
2012 WTA Championships Semi-final: Williams won 6-4 6-3
2013 Doha Semi-final: Williams won 6-3 6-2