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Russia's Sharapova to Face Serena Williams in Australian Open Final

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova will face Serena Williams in the finals of the Australian Open after winning her semi-final 6-3, 6-2 against compatriot Ekaterina Makarova.

Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova will face Serena Williams in the final of the Australian Open after winning her semi-final 6-3, 6-2 against compatriot Ekaterina Makarova.

Top-seed Williams beat fellow American Madison Keys 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 later Thursday to secure her spot in Saturday's final.

Williams is the overwhelming favorite for the Grand Slam title, having won the last 15 matches against fierce rival Sharapova.

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