Serena Williams overcomes misfiring serve to flatten Maria Sharapova

Maria SharapovaMaria Sharapova of Russia reacts to a lost point during her women's singles semi-final loss to Serena Williams of the U.S. at the Brisbane International tennis tournament (Reuters)

Serena Williams did not let her misfiring serve stop her from defeating Maria Sharapova 6-2 7-6 (9-7) to reach the final of the Brisbane International on Friday.

The American world number one extended her winning streak over the Russian to 14 matches.

Williams prevailed despite serving poorly throughout, with Sharapova unable to take advantage in a match where there were 10 breaks of serve in total.

The American will now face world number two Victoria Azarenka in Saturday's final after the Belarusian defeated Serbia's Jelena Jankovic 1-6 6-3 6-4.

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