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Maria Sharapova to play for Olympic gold

Friday - 8/3/2012, 11:01am  ET

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) - Maria Sharapova will play for gold in the Olympic tennis final.

The third-seeded Sharapova defeated Russian teammate Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals at Wimbledon on Friday. She hit a forehand drive volley past Kirilenko on match point.

On Saturday, Sharapova will play either No. 1 Victoria Azarenka or Wimbledon champion Serena Williams.

Sharapova has won four Grand Slam titles, including the French Open this year. She missed the Beijing Olympics in 2008 because of a shoulder injury.


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