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Serena Williams defeats Maria Sharapova to advance to Wimbledon final

Serena Williams defeats Maria Sharapova to advance to Wimbledon final

Once again Thursday, Maria Sharapova was able to draw upon her vast experience in a familiar situation. She could face the media, force a smile, and do her best to sugar-coat what she has been sugar-coating for the last 11 years. Forgive her if she had a bit of a deer-in-the-headlights look. Yes, she had lost to Serena Williams again. Yes, Williams served big and hit big and is a wonderful player and seems to thrive on occasions such as Thursday's, a Wimbledon semifinal. "She does always come with her best tennis," Sharapova said, glancing around like somebody hoping to find a secret exit. "You have to produce your best tennis, and then more." You wonder if...

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