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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 June 2007, 13:27 GMT 14:27 UK
Sharapova secures place in semis
Maria Sharapova
Maria Sharapova celebrates victory
Maria Sharapova secured her place in the last four of the French Open with a 6-3 6-4 win over Anna Chakvetadze.

The second seed's semi-final opponent will be Ana Ivanovic, who beat third seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-0 3-6 6-1 to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final.

Jelena Jankovic joined fellow Serb Ivanovic in the last four with a 6-4 7-5 win over Nicole Vaidisova.

Jankovic's next opponent is top seed Justine Henin, who beat American Serena Williams 6-4 6-3.

Sharapova's win means both the top two seeds are through to the semi-finals.

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The Russian, seeded two, has been struggling with a shoulder injury but she was pleased with her form after beating Chakvetadze in 78 minutes.

"I was moving really well and I tried to defend," said the 20-year-old.

"That was the key. I was just retrieving well. I'm happy to be in the semi-final for the first time."

Of her next match against Ivanovic, Sharapova added: "She hits the ball pretty flat and big. It will definitely be a very tough match."

Ivanovic restricted last year's runner-up Kuznetsova to just 10 points in a one-sided final set.

Her victory means Paris could see an all-Serbian final, but Ivanovic said: "It's important I keep that to one side, and just play my semi-final.

Wherever you go you see Serbians winning matches it's incredible

Jelena Jankovic

"I'm excited to get this far and the tournament is still not over."

Kuznetsova suffered a second consecutive defeat to Ivanovic after losing the Berlin final in the lead-up to the French Open.

The Russian had treatment in the third set for a stomach injury and blamed the problem for her below-par display.

"I had the same injury last year," she said.

"It was when it was 5-3 in the second set. I served hard and I think I pulled it."

Jankovic prevented Vaidisova from making a second consecutive appearance in the Paris semi-finals by means of her superior court speed and her fierce backhand.

The 18-year-old survived four match points before bowing out by netting a forehand to put Jankovic through.

It is the first time two Serbian women have made it into the semi-finals of a Grand Slam, and Novak Djokovic could reach the men's semis with victory over Igor Andreev on Wednesday.

Jankovic, 22, said: "Wherever you go you just see Serbians all over the place, winning all these matches it's incredible."

And Ivanovic added: "It's very exciting for us and I'm sure people back home are very proud of us."

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