Today, Sharapova advanced to the final by defeating unseeded Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals. Sharapova, the 2004 champion, is in the final for the second time in her career (2004, 2011). In 2004 she shocked the world by winning the title as a 17-year old newcomer.
She will face No. 8 Petra Kvitova who defeated No. 4 Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 in the other semifinal match. For the 21-year old Kvitova, this will be her first-ever appearance at a Grand Slam final.
As for Sharapova--
However, over the last two years she has slowly and patiently regained her touch and has worked her way back into the Top 10. If she wins Wimbledon, she will be World No. 3 when it is all said and done.
Now that she has reached her first Grand Slam final since her comeback, I'm sure she has her sights on regaining the No. 1 ranking in the near future.
GOOD LUCK to both ladies.