Li Na crashes Sharapova to reach second Australian Open final

Li Na crashes Sharapova to reach 2nd Australian Open final

Former French Open champion Li Na of China swept second-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-2 to reach her second Australian Open final here on Thursday.

The China's top player reached her first Grand Slam final at the Melbourne Park in 2011 but lost to Kim Clijsters of Belgium in the final, just before she won Asia's first Grand Slam title in the French Open. Read more »

Djokovic delivers, Sharapova ruthless on opening day

Novak Djokovic of Serbia signs autographs for fans after defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu of France in his men's singles match at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne, January 14, 2013

Novak Djokovic served up only flashes of his best tennis on the opening day of the Australian Open but took a comfortable first step on the path he hopes will lead to an unprecedented hat-trick of titles at Melbourne Park in two weeks' time.

Perhaps keeping energy in reserve for the battles that lie ahead, the world number one's workmanlike 6-2 6-4 7-5 victory over Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu on Monday summed up a day where the year's first grand slam failed to really fire. Read more »

Sharapova blows away Li to make China Open final

Maria Sharapova of Russia greets the spectators after the women's singles semifinal against Li Na of China at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, China, on Oct. 6, 2012

World No. 2 Maria Sharapova took eight games in a row to cruise past home favourite Li Na 6-4, 6-0 in the semifinals at China Open here on Saturday.

Sharapova, who entered the final without dropping a single set, demolished Li's hope to become the first Chinese finalist here, under the witness of some 15,000 home crowd in the National Tennis Stadium.

The Russian second seed will bid for her first China Open title when she takes on Victoria Azarenka in Sunday's final. The Polish top seed defeated Marion Bartoli of Germany 6-4, 6-2 in another semifinals.

Li, Asia's first Grand Slam winner, had a better start by breaking in the third game of the first set and established a 3-1 lead due to some poor serving by Sharapova, including three consecutive double faults in one game. Read more »

Sharapova quits Canadian Open due to illness

World No. 2 Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Canadian Open due to a stomach virus, the organizers said Wednesday. Read more »

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