Maria Sharapova heading to the semi-finals at Sony Ericsson Open 2011

Maria Sharapova hitting hard to return the ball. (Getty)

 Victoria Azarenka jumping on the spot after winning former World No. 1 and Current World No. 2 Kim Clijsters. (Getty)

Maria Sharapova the former World No. 1 is finally heading back into the top 10. Despite committing back serves and faults, she managed to win the spot at the semi-finals after a long game of over three overs with Alexandra Dulgheru. It was a matter of who can keep the mind strong at the game after so many hours and Maria Sharapova showed that she could. It was an act of a champion.

The other semi-finalist Victoria Azarenka won Kim Clijsters, another former World No.1, a comeback champion who has recently won major tournaments open and rise to World No. 1 for a while and back to World No. 2. Victoria Azarenka herself is a champion before especially for Sony Ericsson Open where she won at 2009.

As the game becomes even more intense, all players are geared up to play to their best. Especially for Maria Sharapova, it is a good shot for her to come back to the top spot again.