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Mauresmo Reaches Finals of Advanta Tennis Championships


Defending champion Amelie Mauresmo of France has reached the finals of the Advanta Tennis Championships in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after her opponent, Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova, withdrew.

Mauresmo, the top seed, didn't have to hit a shot in the semifinal match because the 17-year-old Russian pulled out with a shoulder injury. Sharapova injured her shoulder two weeks ago in Zurich when she lost the quarterfinals to Australian Alicia Molik.

Mauresmo, the top seed, faces the winner of the day's other match between Vera Zvonareva and her Russian countrywoman Nadia Petrova.

Meanwhile, sixth-seeded Marat Safin of Russia will face Czech qualifier Radek Stepanek in the finals of the Paris Masters tennis tournament, after both men won their semifinal matches on Saturday.

Safin advanced to the final for the fourth time by defeating number-13 Guillermo Canas of Argentina, 6-2, 7-6.

Radek Stepanek fired 13 aces as he battled back from a first set loss to upend fellow qualifier Max Mirnyi of Belarus, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.

Safin is trying for a record-equaling third Paris Masters title, after victories in 2000 and 2002. He lost the title match to American Andre Agassi in 1999.

Some information provided by AFP.

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