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Sharapova's dream alive

RUSSIA'S Maria Sharapova demolished Serbia's Jelena Jankovic 6-2 6-1 to book her place in the final of the Sony Open, one of the few titles missing from her CV.

The in-form Sharapova, an impressive winner at this month's Indian Wells event in California, extended her winning streak to 11 matches with a lopsided win in just over an hour against Jankovic, a former world number struggling to regain her best.

One of just 10 women who have won all four grand slams, Sharapova has been collecting titles all over the world but has never won the Sony Open, played in her home state of Florida, despite playing four previous finals.

"It would mean so much to me," she said afterwards. "I love this city, it's the first city I landed in when I came to the United States as a little girl."