Sharapova, Schnyder meet in Acura Classic finals


To defend her Acura Classic title, top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia will have to overcome 11th seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland.

In the semifinals, Maria Sharapova beat fellow Russian Anna Chakvetadze 6-3 6-2 and in that way ended the third seed’s hard-court run of 12 straight victories. However, soon after the loss to Sharapova, the 20-year-old Chakvetadze together with Victoria Azarenka of Belarus reached the doubles final by defeating Ai Sugiyama of Japan and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia 6-2, 3-6, 10-6.

Patty Schnyder reached the final by beating ninth-seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia 7-6 (4), 6-0. They are not equal any more, now Schnyder leads 7-6 in their career head-to-head meetings.

Who will take the title on Sunday? I would be surprised if Schnyder beats Sharapova.

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