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Sunday , April 27 , 2014
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Sania-Cara in Stuttgart final

Stuttgart: Sania Mirza earned herself an opportunity to win her first title of the season after reaching the summit clash of the Porsche Grand Prix with Zimbabwean partner Cara Black, on Saturday.

The second-seeded Indo-Zimbabwean pair defeated the German pair of Antonia Lottner and Anna Zaja 6-2, 2-6, 10-4 in one hour and 14 minutes in the $710,000 clay court WTA premier event. Sania had reached the Indian Wells final last month but ended runners-up with Cara.

Two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova cruised past Sara Errani 6-1, 6-2 to reach the final, on Saturday.

Sharapova, who won the title in 2012 and 2013, needed just under an hour to see off clay-court specialist Errani in what was a repeat of the 2012 French Open final which the Russian also won.

“It’s my first tournament on clay and at the start of the week, I set the goal of improving from match to match,” said Sharapova. “It went well for me again today.”

Sharapova, 27, raced into a 3-0 lead, winning eight of the first 10 points and took the first set in just 27 minutes with some powerful ground strokes.

Sharapova will meet Ana Ivanovic in the final. The ninth seed Ana beat fellow Serb and fifth seed Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 7-5 in the second semi-final.

The Russian picked up where she left off in Friday’s 6-4, 6-3 quarter final win over world No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska and converted six of her eight break points against Errani.

The 26-year-old Italian was never allowed to find her rhythm as Sharapova dominated the second set.

Errani hit a big cross-court return that kissed the line to save the first match point. But Sharapova then hit a superb backhand winner down the line to close the match.