2013 Australian Open: Li Na Stuns Maria Sharapova, Moves Through to Final
2013 Australian Open—women's semifinal.
An incredible win from Li Na here who gets the upset over Maria Sharapova to book her place in the 2013 Australian Open final.
After breaking the Russian in the opening game of the match, Li Na's hitting ability was clearly the difference here as she simply overpowered Sharapova.
It might not be the upset that Sloane Stephens pulled off against Serena Williams yesterday, but considering that Sharapova had conceded just nine services games all tournament, this was some sort of performance from the Chinese star.
The No. 6 seed will now face either Stephens or World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka in the final, whose semi-final encounter is to take place shortly.
What a remarkable win we witnessed from Li Na here!
Through to the final of the 2013 Australian Open with a huge straight sets victory over Maria Sharapova—something that few would have predicted.
The 32 unforced errors by Sharapova were telling in this one, as was her inability to convert on break point, but in the end, Li Na still outclassed and outgunned her opponent.
That's it from me today here, but we'll be continuing our live coverage of the Australian Open here at Bleacher Report with the second semi-final.
Incredible performance there from Li, who simply hit her way through No. 2 seed Maria Sharapova to book her spot in the final of the 2013 Australian Open.
The Russian wasn't particularly great, but take nothing away here from the incredible win by Li. She'll be tough to beat in the final if she plays like that.
Game, set, match—Na Li def. Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-2.
And there it is!! Sharapova drags the forehand into the net.
Li Na is through to the final of the 2013 Australian Open.
Big upset, though perhaps not as big as yesterday.
MATCH POINT—Advantage, Li. Li serving for the match.
Another great swinging serve to the forehand of Sharapova.
Ace for Li. Match point No. 2.
And the winner is wide!!!
Li misses on a forehand down the line by a matter of inches!!
Deuce. Sharapova survives.
MATCH POINT—40-30, Li serving for the match.
Great first serve to the forehand of Sharapova.
Return is wide, match point Li.
30-all, Li serving for the match.
Long from Li on the return. Sharapova hanging in there.
30-15, Li serving for the match.
Li answers back with a big forehand across court.
15-all, Li serving for the match.
Sharapova in behind the Chinese international with a forehand across court.
Great shot from a woman clearly just trying to hit her way out of trouble.
15-0, Li serving for the match.
Sharapova drags the return into the net.
Game, Li. Leads 5-2, serving for the match.
Li breaks Sharapova and will serve for a spot in the final.
Can she do it?
Break point, Li, leading 4-2 second set.
Well wide from Sharapova, who then yells something in Russian—probably not words of encouragement at herself either.
Li with the chance to break and serve for a spot in the final...
Deuce, Sharapova serving, trailing 4-2 second set.
Sharapova well wide on the forehand down the line.
Great defense from Li Na. Deuce again.
40-30, Sharapova serving, trails 4-2 second set.
It could well be a turning point!
Sharapova fights back to 40-30 now courtesy of some big serves.
Should have been down 0-40.
15-30, Sharapova serving, trailing 4-2.
Could this be a turning point here???
Li with the forehand smash to take it to 0-40, but Sharapova somehow gets it back and goes on to win the point. 15-30, first serve to come.
Is this a turning point?
0-30, Sharapova serving.
Double fault. Again.
Li holds, leads 4-2 second set.
Great hold for Li there—all set up by her dominant serve.
Sharapova has converted just one from six of her break points.
Deuce, Li serving, leads 3-2 second set.
Too good from Li—all set up by a strong serve. Back to deuce.
Break point, Sharapova.
Stand and delver. Backhand across court.
Break point, huge point for Maria.
Deuce, Li serving, leading 4-2 second set.
Maria Sharapova trying to hit her way out of trouble.
Anything on the forehand side is being sent back with interest.
Can she get out of trouble here?
30-0, Li serving, leading 3-2 second set.
Consecutive errors from Sharapova.
Li looking in control.
Game, Li. Leads 3-2 in the second set.
The backhand from Sharapova is long, and it's Li that has a set and a break during the second set. Big couple of games coming up here for the Russian.
Break point, Li Na, two-all second set.
Fifth double fault for the match from Maria Sharapova.
Break point Li.
Deuce, Sharapova serving, two-all.
Chance here again for Li Na; Sharapova shanked a couple there.
23 unforced errors to 16 for the match.
30-15, Sharapova serving, 2-2 second set.
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