Maria Sharapova needed 3 sets to dispatch world # 192, American Alison Riske, who made quite a noticeable debut in Birmingham at the AEGON Championships.  Sharapova defeated the 20 year old Riske, from Pennsylvania, 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in hour and 35 minutes.

In the other semi, Na Li defeeated Arevane Rezai, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, setting up a Li/Sharapova final tomorrow.