30 Jul '11, 7am

Tennis: Serena cruises past Sharapova: STANFORD, California: Serena Williams shrugged off her unseeded status an...

Tennis: Serena cruises past Sharapova: STANFORD, California: Serena Williams shrugged off her unseeded status an...

STANFORD, California: Serena Williams shrugged off her unseeded status and delivered a dominating 6-1, 6-3 victory over second-seeded Maria Sharapova to reach the semi-finals of the WTA Stanford tournament. Williams, a 13-time Grand Slam champion who is unseeded thanks to a ranking slump caused by a lengthy injury layoff, showed on Friday she's still a contender as she overpowered Sharapova, who struggled throughout with her serve. "I had a good start," Williams said. "You can't go in against the fifth-ranked player with your mind everywhere. You have to be serious. It's a great win for the hardcourt season." Williams was playing just her third tournament since she won Wimbledon in 2010, having been sidelined for 11 months by a series of health problems including a cut foot that required surgery and blood clots in her lungs. "I'm a better player this month than I was last ...

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