Miami: For Maria Sharapova, reaching the Miami Masters finals has been less than a struggle. The third-ranked Russian will faces World No.1 Serena Williams after breezing past Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-1 in the semi-finals.

Sharapova, who hasn't beaten Williams since 2004, and holds a 2-11 record against the American, heads into the finals riding an 11-match winning streak. After a shaky 7-5, 7-5 win over Sara Errani in the quarter-finals, Sharapova got ahead early over the No. 22-seeded Jankovic on Thursday, winning the first 10 points and committing only 10 unforced errors.

"It was important for me to be there physically and mentally because I didn't feel I played my best tennis (against Errani)," Sharapova said.

Williams reached the finals after beating last year's Miami Masters winner Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-3. She hit 12 aces and 40 winners, dropping Radwanska's record against No. 1 players to 1-11.

Williams said she expects a tough match from Sharapova, who has won 22 consecutive sets, as well as the Indian Wells tourament earlier this month. "She's playing awesome," said Williams, a five-time winner at Miami.

In the men's draw, second-seeded Andy Murray defeated Croatia's Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-3 to book a semifinal encounter against Richard Gasquet, the eighth seed. Gasquet handily put away fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych in the quarters, preventing the Czech from converting a single break point in a 6-3, 6-3 victory. The second semi-final features David Ferrer against Tommy Haas.


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