Maria Sharpova Loses Second Match At WTA Championships

PARIS - MAY 25: Maria Sharapova of Russia plays a backhand during the women's singles first round match between Maria Sharapova of Russia and Ksenia Pervak of Russia on day three of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 25, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova is on the brink of elimination at the WTA Championships after suffering her second loss of the season-ending tournament.

Sharapova was defeated 7-6 (4), 6-4 on Wednesday by 2011 French Open Champion Li Na, who is making history as the first Chinese player to make the tournament. Sharapova had led the first set 4-2 before giving up the lead, which she never regained (Li pulled ahead 5-2 in the second set).

Sharapova won't be eliminated from the Istanbul tournament if she manages to beat Victoria Azarenka.

Azarenka is perfect in the tournament thus far, defeating 2011 U.S. Open Champion Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-2. Stosur was Sharapova's first loss of the tournament.

No. 1 ranked Caroline Wozniacki will face Vera Zvonareva 

Here are the current standings:

Red Group
1. Petra Kvitova (1-0 : 2-0)
2. Caroline Wozniacki (1-0 : 2-1)
3. Agnieszka Radwanska (0-1 : 1-2)
4. Vera Zvonareva (0-1 : 0-2)

White Group
1. Victoria Azarenka (1-0 : 2-0)
2. Li Na (1-0 : 2-0)
3. Samantha Stosur (1-1 : 2-2)
4. Maria Sharapova (0-2 : 0-4)

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