Sharapova battles past Vandeweghe to reach Wimbledon semis

Former champion Maria Sharapova defeated her American opponent Coco Vandeweghe in a pulsating three set thriller on Tuesday to reach her fifth Wimbledon semi-final.

Fourth seed Sharapova overcame the world number 47 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-2 on Centre Court in a match that lasted two hours and 46 minutes.

Sharapova will meet number one seed Serena Williams in Friday’s semi-finals.