MOSCOW, September 6 (RIA Novosti)
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- Olympic Silver Gives Sharapova World No. 2 Spot
Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova on Wednesday defeated France’s Marion Bartoli 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the U.S. Open semifinals.
The match between Sharapova, the world No. 3, and eleventh seed Bartoli lasted two hours 32 minutes.
Sharapova will play top seed Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, who beat world No. 7 Australia’s Samantha Stosur 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5).
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The main event of the third day of the 11th meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club in Sochi was the closing session with President Vladimir Putin. The atmosphere was calm and open, despite the current political tensions and the Russia-West confrontation. The Russian president said that it corresponded to the spirit of the Valdai Club.