[Yahoo] Sharapova, Hewitt advance at Japan Open (AP)

Rusty Backhand
10-08-2004, 09:31 AM
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova advanced to the final of the Japan Open on Friday, beating Tamarine Tanasugarn in straight sets. Top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt defeated Cyril Saulnier 7-5, 6-1, advancing to a semifinal match against fifth-seeded Jiri Novak, who defeated Paradorn Srichapan 6-4, 6-4. The top-seeded Sharapova, coming off a victory at the Korea Open on Sunday, overpowered Tanasugarn 6-2,...