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Wimbledon 2011: Maria Sharapova cruises into semis with victory over Dominika Cibulkova

Maria Sharapova has a short workday. (Anja Niedringhaus / AP)

Maria Sharapova crushed Dominika Cibulkova, advancing to a Wimbledon semifinal for the first time in four years.

It took Sharapova less than an hour to beat Cibulkova, 6-1, 6-1. Cibulkova, who had advanced to the quarters with an upset of Caroline Wozniacki, couldn’t exit Centre Court quickly enough after losing.

Sharapova will play Sabine Lisicki, who beat Marion Bartoli earlier Tuesday, in a semifinal Thursday.

“It’s been a few years since I got past the fourth round,” Sharapova said in a BBC interview. “...This is a good chance for me to take it a step farther.”

Like Lisicki, Sharapova is recovering from serious injury. She won Wimbledon in 2004, but underwent shoulder surgery in 2008 and has been bothered by a number of injuries since.

“To be in the semis of Wimbledon is a bonus. To be able to come back and play tennis after a big injury, I was just quite happy to be back on the court,” Sharapova said. “To achieve this is wonderful, but the tournament isn’t over.”

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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