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Williams beats Sharapova for 15th straight time
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Serena Williams reacts after defeating Maria Sharapova, of Russia, 6-4, 6-3 at the Sony Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., Thursday, March 27, 2014. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)
March 27, 2014, 3:11 pm

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova for the 15th consecutive time, rallying in both sets Thursday for a 6-4, 6-3 victory in the Sony Open semifinals.

Williams is seeking a record seventh Key Biscayne title. She improved to 16-2 against Sharapova and hasn't lost to her favorite foil since 2004.

The No. 1-ranked Williams won with a superior serve and better returns. She hit nine aces and broke five times, helping her rebound from deficits of 4-1 in the first set and 2-0 in the second.

Williams earned her 14th consecutive victory against a top-10 player. Her opponent in Saturday's final will be the winner of the semifinal Thursday night between reigning Australian Open champion Li Na and Dominika Cibulkova.

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