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BRISBANE, Australia - Serena Williams extended her winning streak against Maria Sharapova to 14 matches with a 6-2, 7-6 (7) semifinal victory Friday to earn a shot at back-to-back Brisbane International titles. Will Middlebrooks Padres Jersey . The defending champion will play second-seeded Victoria Azarenka in Saturdays final, and will be favoured to retain the title that kicked off her stunning 2013 season that included 78 wins from 82 matches and 11 titles. After blowing two match points in the tiebreaker, Williams sealed the win with her seventh ace against the third-seeded Sharapova. In their first meeting since the French Open final, the uneasy rivals barely exchanged glances before the match and only briefly shook hands after. Both players were returning aggressively — leading to 15 double-faults between them and six breaks of serve in the second set — and hitting their grounds strokes hard and deep. Williams hit consecutive double-faults to give Sharapova a mini-break at 5-4 in the tiebreaker, something she said she couldnt remember ever doing before on tour. Sharapova responded with a double-fault to make it 5-5, and said shed missed her opportunities. "I had a few missed chances ... but overall Im happy I can compete at this level in my third match back," Sharapova said. "Its a good sign for me." Any friendship that existed between the pair soured when they traded personal barbs relating to their romantic relationships ahead of last years Wimbledon, where Sharapova made an early exit. Sharapova only played one match after that in 2013 as she recovered from a right shoulder problem. Williams said shed need to vastly improve her first-serve percentage — which sunk to 40 in the semifinals — to beat Australian Open champion Azarenka, who overcame a shaky serve and another case of the nerves to beat former No. 1-ranked Jelena Jankovic 1-6, 6-3, 6-4. Facing two of her biggest rivals back-to-back in her first tournament of the year, and less than two weeks before the Australian Open, is a big step up in preparations for Williams. "Yeah, I feel like Im being pushed into the deep end straightaway," she said. "I also think its a good thing." Azarenka had her problems on serve, too. She dropped her first three service games and was facing three break points in the opening game of the second set when she shifted the momentum with a winner she picked up on a half-volley when Jankovic was in control of the point. After needing 10 match points to beat Stefanie Voegele in the quarterfinals the previous night, Azarenka missed one chance to serve it out at 5-2 in the deciding set, conceding a break with a double-fault. She then missed a match point at 5-4 but held her nerve and finally finished it off on her second match point. The prospect of a match against another top four player so close to the Australian Open doesnt daunt Azarenka. "I dont think its ever too early. If you want to win big titles you got to play against the best players," she said. On the mens side, top-seeded Roger Federer coasted to a 6-1, 6-1 win over Marinko Matosevic of Australia and moved into a semifinal against No. 8 Jeremy Chardy of France. Second-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan reached the semifinals with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 win over Marin Cilic of Croatia and will next play former No. 1-ranked Lleyton Hewitt, who cruised past Romanian qualifier Marius Copil 6-4, 6-2. Both Williams sisters will be playing finals Saturday, with Venus Williams to face Ana Ivanovic in the title match at the WTA tournament in Auckland, New Zealand. Venus Williams got a walkover into her first final since October 2012 when Jamie Hampton withdrew from their semifinal with a right hip injury. Ivanovic beat third-seeded Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium 6-2, 7-6 (3). At the Hopman Cup, France clinched a place in the final against Poland with a victory over winless Spain. Alize Cornet beat Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-2, 6-2 before Jo-Wilfried Tsonga sealed the victory by defeating 194th-ranked Daniel Munoz-De La Nava 6-4, 6-7 (7), 6-2. The Czech Republic took a 3-0 win over the United States after John Isner withdrew ahead of his singles match and Sloane Stephens retired with a left wrist problem after losing the first set 6-3 to Petra Kvitova. Carlos Quentin Padres Jersey . A steady downpour and low temperatures were predicted for much of the night. No makeup date was immediately announced, although it was determined that the game will not be part of a doubleheader on Wednesday. Tony Gwynn Jersey . 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The Reds eventually leveled the score through a moment of brilliance from Steven Gerrard, who curled an inch-perfect free kick over the wall and into the upper corner from just outside the box in the 81st minute. The equalizer rejuvenated Liverpool and forced a frantic close to the match, but Basel managed to hold off the Premier League side to improve to seven points and clinch second place in Group B. Real Madrid already had top spot in Group B secured, but the Merengues still cruised to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Ludogorets at the Bernabeu on Tuesday. Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 20th minute before Gareth Bale doubled the advantage with a header in the 38th. The second half was much of the same as goals from Alvaro Arbeloa and Alvaro Medran in the final 10 minutes completed the rout and ensured maximuum points for Madrid through its six matches of the group stage. Alexei Ramirez Jersey. Arsenal rebounded from a disappointing league defeat to Stoke City by running out to a 4-1 victory at Galatasaray on Tuesday. Goals from Lukas Podolski and Aaron Ramsey in the opening 11 minutes put the Gunners in a comfortable position, while Ramsey extended the lead with a sensational first-time strike from distance in the 29th minute. Wesley Sneijder pulled one back for the Turkish side with a superb free kick in the 89th minute, but Podolski grabbed a second of the match in stoppage time to restore the three-goal lead. Arsenal was made to settle for second place in Group D, though, as Borussia Dortmund claimed a point from a 1-1 draw with Anderlecht to secure first place. AS Monaco collected a 2-0 victory over Zenit St. Petersburg thanks to second- half goals from Aymen Abdennour and Fabinho. The Ligue 1 side finishes the stage atop Group C despite only scoring four goals in its six games. Bayer Leverkusen finished second in the group after playing to a 0-0 draw with Benfica. 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