Russian Maria Sharapova powered her way Thursday to a first Wimbledon final in seven years after she brushed aside Sabine Lisicki to set up a meeting with Petra Kvitova.
Fifth seed Sharapova claimed her first Grand Slam title as a 17-year-old in 2004 but earned another chance with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Lisicki of Germany.
Standing between Sharapova and the fourth major championship of her career will be Kvitova, from the Czech Republic, after she beat Belarusian fourth seed Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. Kvitova, seeded eighth, is the first left-handed woman to reach the final since Martina Navratilova in 1990.
Kvitova and Sharapova will meet at Centre Court on Saturday.
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