Australian Open : Serena Williams beats Sharapova

TVC E, SPORTS - Reigning champion, Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova for the 18th time in a row to reach the Australian Open semi-finals on Tuesday. The American who is bidding for a 22nd Grand Slam title, saw off fifth seed Sharapova 6-4, 6-1 at Melbourne Park. It is 12 years since Williams lost to the Russian, and the world number one moves on to face fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the semi finals. Radwanska advanced to her second Australian Open semi-final after beating Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-1, 6-3. In the men's draw, defending champion Novak Djokovic stormed to a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory over seventh seed Kei Nishikori to set up a semi-final clash with Roger Federer. Djokovic fired a cross-court backhand winner to close out the match and will make his sixth appearance in the last four at Melbourne Park. 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer had earlier advanced to his 12th...

Australian Open: Sharapova says good to go

TVC E, SPORTS - Maria Sharapova says her Australian Open preparations have gone smoothly as competition for the first grand slam of the season begins on Monday. The Russian is very familiar with Melbourne Park and showed little signs of rust as she practiced on court ahead of the tournament. Sharapova, Australian Open champion in 2008, pulled out of her title defence at the Brisbane International, two weeks ago because of a left forearm problem, one of a string of injuries to have affected the dogged 28-year-old since the middle of last year. But the fifth seed says she is good to go in her bid to improve on her runner-up finish to Serena Williams last year....