[Yahoo] Sharapova-Venus showdown set for semis (AP)

Rusty Backhand
06-28-2005, 04:16 PM
With a little luck at the end, defending champion Maria Sharapova returned to the Wimbledon semifinals by beating fellow Russian Nadia Petrova 7-6 (6), 6-3 Tuesday. In the final game, Sharapova clipped the net on consecutive points -- and won both. Her opponent Thursday will be two-time champion Venus Williams, who beat Mary Pierce 6-0, 7-6 (10).