Li Na shocks Sharapova to reach Australian Open finals
Li Na, one of Asia's best players in the WTA circuit, proved her class yet again with a shock win against the second seeded Maria Sharapova. With this victory, Li Na has reached the finals of 2013 Australian Open, where she will meet the winner of the other semi-final between Victoria Azarenka and Sloane Stephens.
One of the most surprising things about the match was the way the Chinese player dominated the game. Sharapova looked second best in front of the Chinese number one, and the Russian girl lost the match in straight sets with 6-2 and 6-2. But, this is not something new for Li Na, who has been putting up an incredible show in the tournament so far. She has not dropped a single set in the tournament.
Li Na, en route to the Australian Open final, has defeated a number of better seeded players like fourth seeded A. Radwanska in the quarters, and her latest victim Sharapova was seeded second. Against Radwanska as well, she looked a tough nut to crack, though that outing was not as easy as her semi-finals encounter against Sharapova. But, she outdid her opponent establishing herself as one of the serious contenders of the title.
Li Na turned pro in 1999 and gradually rose to fame – initially as Asia's best and now figuring in the top ten best players of the current generation. She has won an impressive 7 WTA titles along with her consistent grand slam performances. Her best finish in the grand slam competition has been her French Open win in 2011. She reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2006 and 2010, apart from reaching the US Open quarters in 2009. She lost in the finals of the Australian Open 2011, which she would want to correct by winning Australian Open 2013 with the finals scheduled to be played on the weekend.
Irrespective of whoever Li Na might face during the finals, she is in top form to give her opponent a tough time on the court. Such has been the form of the Chinese player in Australia this season, the question that is on everyone's lips is – will Li Na win her second grand slam title?