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Sharapova rallies, Hingis cruises into semis

Updated: February 2, 2007, 5:25 PM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Maria Sharapova advanced to the Pan Pacific Open semifinals, rallying after losing the first set to beat crowd favorite Ai Sugiyama 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 on Friday.

Sugiyama broke Sharapova's serve to win the first set but was overwhelmed by the No. 1 seed in the final two sets.

"It's never easy against Sugiyama," Sharapova said. "She had the crowd behind her and was able to take the first set, but I'm glad I was able to come back and win."

Sharapova will face ...

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