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When Jankovic’s final shot sailed wide, Sharapova responded with a slack-jawed smile, as though she couldn’t quite believe her comeback. She had dropped a first set 6-0 five other times in her career — and went on to lose each match.
Most of her results this year have been less stressful. She’s 35-4, with all but four of those matches decided in straight sets.
Azarenka is 27-2 and enjoying her best run in eight appearances at Roland Garros. She needed 76 minutes to take the grueling first set against Kirilenko, and the Belarusian improved her record this year in tiebreakers to 4-0. The second set went more quickly, with Azarenka losing only six points in four service games.
Azarenka advanced to the semifinals at her fourth consecutive major event.
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