Maria Sharapova beats Venus
ROME -- Defending Italian Open champion Maria Sharapova advanced to the tournament's semifinals Friday, beating Venus Williams 6-4, 6-3.
Sharapova will play No. 12 Angelique Kerber, who defeated Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 7-6 (2), 1-6, 6-1.
Venus' sister Serena fared better, as she reached the semis when Flavia Pennetta retired with a right wrist problem while trailing 4-0 in the first set.
Williams' winning streak is up to 17 matches following titles in Charleston, ...
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