Russia's Maria Sharapova will play for gold in the Olympic final.
WIMBLEDON, England — Maria Sharapova will play for gold in the Olympic final.
Sharapova, seeded No. 3, defeated another Russian, Maria Kirilenko, 6-2, 6-3, in the semifinals at Wimbledon on Friday. She hit a forehand drive volley past Kirilenko on matchpoint.
On Saturday, Sharapova will play the winner of No. 1 Victoria Azarenka and Serena Williams.
Sharapova has won four Grand Slam titles, including the French Open this year. She missed the Beijing Olympics in 2008 because of a shoulder injury.