Serena to play Davenport in final

Updated: January 27, 2005, 3:17 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Serena Williams finally beat Maria Sharapova in a big match, saving three match points and defeating the Wimbledon champion 2-6, 7-5, 8-6 Thursday in the Australian Open semifinals.

The seventh-seeded Williams, seeking her seventh Grand Slam title, will face top-ranked Lindsay Davenport in an all-American final Saturday. Davenport rallied to beat 19th-seeded Nathalie Dechy of France 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the second semifinal.

"I have to stay focused," ...

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