Former World Number 1 Maria Sharapova has hammered Britain's Elena Baltacha to reach the Semi Finals of the WTA event in Memphis.
Baltacha has been in good form recently, she reached the 3rd round at the Australian Open last month before losing out to the number 2 seed Dinara Safina.
Sharapova broke Baltacha a couple of times early on in the match as she cruised through the 1st set 6-2. Sharapova then went a break up in the 3rd set but Baltacha broke her when she was serving for the match, Sharapova held her nerve however and took the set 7-5 to claim a 6-2 7-5 victory.
Shrapova burst on the scence back in 2004 when she beat Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final as a 17 year old back in 2004.
The Russian has since won 2 further Grand Slam titles, at the US Open in 2006 and at the Australian Open in 2008.