Maria Sharapova hoping to break French Open duck

Maria Sharapova
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Maria Sharapova expresses her determination to win the French Open for the first time this week.

Maria Sharapova has revealed her determination to win the first French Open title of her career this year.

The world number two booked her place in the semi-finals at Roland Garros for a third time earlier today courtesy of a 6-2 6-3 win over Kaia Kanepi.

Looking ahead to the remainder of the tournament, the 25-year-old admitted that she is hoping this campaign will be a case of third time lucky.

"I'm happy to be back in the semi-finals, the third time I've made it this far," said Sharapova.

"I really hope that the win can come this year. My preparation has been really good. It was nice to win two tournaments coming in.

"I'm happy with the way I've improved, but it only gets tougher from here."

She will take on Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Friday for a place in the final.

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