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Sharapova beats Henin in Australian Open

Published:Tuesday | January 22, 2008 | 8:38 PM

Maria Sharapova produced a magnificent display of clean hitting to thrash world number one Justine Henin 6-4, 6-0 in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

The fifth seed will now take on Jelena Jankovic in the last four on Thursday. Jankovic beat defending champion Serena Williams 6-3, 6-4.

In the men’s draw, Rafael Nadal overcame an early hiccup to beat Finland\'s Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 6-3, 6-1 to reach his first Australian Open semi-final.

He next faces unseeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who overpowered Mikhail Youzhny 7-5, 6-0, 7-6.