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Serena at her best

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Afp, Doha

Serena Williams celebrated her recapture of the world number one ranking with her best performance of the year in a 6-3, 6-2 trouncing of Maria Sharapova to reach the Qatar Open final on Saturday.
Spectacularly heavy hitting carried the 15-time Grand Slam title-winner into Sunday's final against top seed and defending champion Victoria Azarenka.
Saturday's defeat for French Open champion Sharapova was the Russian's first in Doha where she had won the title in both her previous appearances.
Williams showed few signs of the back and ankle injuries or of the cold which had been bothering her, and it was as if regaining the top spot, as she will on Monday, had removed the shackles from her mind and body.
It also earned Williams a final against Australian Open winner Azarenka and gives her a chance to prove she is indeed better than an opponent who will hold the top spot for just one more day.
Williams' standard was a revelation.

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