Wimbledon 2011: Maria Sharapova to Face Petra Kvitova in Final

Maria Sharapova survived a shaky first set before dominating the second en route to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over wild card Sabine Lisicki in their semifinal match on Thursday at Wimbledon. The win gave Sharapova a place in the women’s final, where the former world no.1 will face eighth seed Petra Kvitova, who turned back fourth seed Victoria Azarenka, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2.

Sharapova had problems controlling her serve, but played well enough in the rallies to earn a return trip to the final at All England Club, where she won her first Grand Slam title at the age of 17, seven years ago. All in all, Sharapova committed 13 double faults to Lisicki’s four.

In the other semifinal, the serve also played a big role. Kvitova leaned on her nine aces to reach her first-ever Grand Slam final. The 21-year-old from Czech Republic hit three-straight aces to close out the match and secure the date with Sharapova.