Sharapova delighted by final return

FORMER champion Maria Sharapova recovered from a dreadful start to beat Sabine Lisicki and reach her first Wimbledon final since she won the title in 2004.

The fifth-seeded Russian will play Petra Kvitova tomorrow after winning 6-4 6-3 in an hour and 26 minutes.

“It’s amazing to be back in the final, it’s been a while,” she said. “I’m really happy, even through I didn’t play my best tennis today.”