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Last Updated: Friday, 17 March 2006, 06:14 GMT
Sharapova & Hingis into last four
Maria Sharapova
Sharapova won her most recent match against Hingis
Maria Sharapova will face Martina Hingis for the third time this season after easing past Germany's Anna-Lena Groenefeld 6-1 6-3 in Indian Wells.

Hingis earlier saw off Dinara Safina 6-3 6-4 to reach her fourth semi-final in seven events following her comeback.

The Swiss former world number one beat Sharapova in their first meeting in Tokyo, but the Russian gained revenge in the Dubai semi-finals.

Justine Henin-Hardenne will play Elena Dementieva in the other semi-final.

Henin-Hardenne, a former world number one, beat Gisela Dulko of Argentina 6-3, 6-2.

Fourth seeded Russian Dementieva fought back from a set down to defeat Serbia's Ana Ivanovic 2-6 6-4 6-2.

Sharapova said she was looking forward to taking on Hingis again.

"I'm playing a great champion, someone that's achieved a lot," said Sharapova.

"And she's still young. Any opponent that I see across the net, I cannot think about whether they're terrible or they're great. I can't put that in my mind."


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