World number two Maria Sharapova advanced to the semi-finals of the French
Open for the first time by brushing aside fellow 20-year-old Russian Anna
Chakvetadze 6-3 6-4 on Tuesday.
Second seed Sharapova, who feels more at ease on faster surfaces and had
never gone beyond the quarter-finals on four previous visits to Roland Garros,
needed just 78 minutes to beat her compatriot, seeded ninth.
Chakvetadze, who lost to Sharapova in the quarter-finals of this year's
Australian Open, bowed out by firing a backhand return wide on the first match
Former Wimbledon champion Sharapova, who is hampered by a sore shoulder and
said here she felt like a "cow on ice" on clay, will face Serbia's Ana Ivanovic
for a place in the final.