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Maria Sharapova advances to Olympic semifinals

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August 2, 2012 02:33 PM EST | AP


WIMBLEDON, England — Maria Sharapova won a matchup of first-time Olympians and four-time Grand Slam champions Thursday.

The Russian, seeded No. 3, beat Kim Clijsters of Belgium 6-2, 7-5 on Centre Court at Wimbledon to reach the Olympic semifinals.

Sharapova's opponent Friday will be No. 14 Maria Kirilenko of Russia, who defeated No. 6 Petra Kvitova of Germany 7-6 (3), 6-3.

Sharapova hit 25 winners to eight for Clijsters, who plans to retire after the U.S. Open.