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Maria Sharapova into final, new No. 1

Updated: June 7, 2012, 5:54 PM ET
Associated Press

PARIS -- Wind blew in her face, kicking up flecks of clay, and Maria Sharapova stood at the baseline, knowing she needed one more point to reach her first French Open final and return to No. 1 in the rankings.

She rotated her right shoulder, the one surgically repaired 3½ years ago, and served a fault.

Gulp.

Her next try found the mark: a second-serve ace at 104 mph that landed in a corner. It was a fitting way to close out a 6-3, 6-3 victory over No. 4-seeded Petra ...

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