Sharapova fears nemesis Kvitova

FOURTH seed Maria Sharapova admits she is daunted by the prospect of facing in-form Petra Kvitova, her Wimbledon final conqueror, in the Australian Open last four today.

Sharapova set up a semi-final against second seed Kvitova with a routine 6-2, 6-3 victory over Ekaterina Makarova, who eliminated Serena Williams earlier this week.

She said: “I’ve lost to her the last couple of times, including obviously the big one at Wimbledon where she played really well. I think she’s the one to beat right now, she is playing the best tennis of her career, coming off so many wins last year.”

Kvitova, who could rise to world No1 status if she reaches the final, struggled to find her best form as she laboured past unseeded Italian Sara Errani 6-4, 6-4.