ANAL­Y­SIS World No.4 into Mi­ami final with­out strik­ing a ball in anger, writes Si­mon Cambers

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youth at the nearby Nick Bol­let­tieri Academy, Shara­pova would dearly love to win the ti­tle for the first time, hav­ing lost in the final three times. Shara­pova leads 7-1 in head-to-head meet­ings with Rad­wan­ska, but knows his­tory will count for lit­tle.

“She is some­one who is ex­tremely solid, gets many balls back and an­tic­i­pates re­ally well,” she said. “But it’s the final so I think it’s more about per­form­ing on your end than re­ally wor­ry­ing about what’s on the other side of the court.”

Maria Shara­pova faces Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska in to­day’s final in Mi­ami. Picture: EPA

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