French Open 2013 Semifinals: Sharapova vs. Azarenka Preview and Prediction

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French Open 2013 Semifinals: Sharapova vs. Azarenka Preview and Prediction
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Maria Sharapova has a rare opportunity to return to the French Open final in 2013. The world No. 2 won her first Grand Slam title on clay in 2012 by defeating Italian Sara Errani in the final.

Sharapova could become the first woman since Justine Henin in 2007 to win back-to-back titles on the grounds of Stade Roland Garros. It would be an impressive achievement for the Russian.

By the same token, Victoria Azarenka has never reached the finals of the French Open. In fact, the world No. 3 had never advanced beyond the quarterfinals in seven tries until this year. 

Azarenka remains the only player of the final four never to take the court during the women's championship match in Paris.

The winner of the Australian Open, Azarenka would love the opportunity to battle for two Grand Slam titles in a row.

The two women have met 12 times before with Azarenka holding a slight edge over Sharapova.

Who will win this critical match? Check the analysis and predictions to follow.

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