Wimbledon 2011: Maria Sharapova Rolls into Semifinal Looking Like Clear Favorite

Sean ClairCorrespondent IJune 28, 2011

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 28:  Maria Sharapova of Russia blows a kiss to the crowd after winning her quarterfinal round match against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia on Day Eight of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 28, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
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Maria Sharapova looked absolutely dominating in her 6-1, 6-1 victory over Dominika Cibulkova today, advancing herself to the Semifinals.

In one hour exactly, Sharapova showed the remaining women that if they want to beat her they are going to need to play an incredible match.

Sharapova hit 23 winners compared to Cibulkova's three, while committing only 10 unforced errors.

We all know that when her ground game is on and is error free, she is going to be extremely difficult to beat because of how big her shots are.

Her serve was also on, hitting 76 percent of first serves in, with 5 aces. This is an even better sign than her ground-strokes because the serve is what has hurt her in the past.

It wasn't just her Quarterfinal performance however. Sharapova has been great this entire tournament.

She has yet to drop a set in route to the semis, and her one tough set came against the young upstart Laura Robson of Great Britain in their first set (7-6) in the second round.

Other than that set, Sharapova has looked dominating. Her winner totals, from all her matches, have been in the 20's despite the short amount of time the matches have been. 

Her serving has also been great as she has been able to keep her double faults down, while keeping her first serve percentage and first serve points won up.

Despite her play, Sharapova also holds one true edge over all of the remaining players. She's been here, and done it, before.

Every player feels the nerves even if they've been this far before. 

With Sharapova having won Wimbledon once before and winning two other majors, the pressure won't be as heavy on her as it will be on the other women.

Sharapova has shown that she is the clear favorite and that it will be extremely difficult for her to be denied of her second Wimbledon title.