• Nadal, Sharapova into Madrid semis, Serena withdraws


    MADRID: World number one Rafael Nadal stormed into the semifinals of the Madrid Masters on Friday (Saturday in Manila) with his 17th consecutive win over Tomas Berdych, 6-4, 6-2. Maria Sharapova also booked her place in the last four of the Madrid Open with a three-set 2-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 win over Li Na, but top seed and reigning champion Serena Williams was forced to pull out due to a thigh injury.


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