Maria Sharapova vs. Li Na, Australian Open 2013 results: Na advances in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2

Mark Kolbe

Li Na was on top of her game in the semifinal round and could parlay the momentum to her second Grand Slam title.

Tournament No. 6 seed Li Na defeated second-seeded Maria Sharapova in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, en route to pulling off an upset in the 2013 Australian Open.

Na converted 50 percent of her break-point conversions, and held Sharapova to just 17 percent. The 30-year-old committed just 18 unforced errors in a clean match that vaulted her into the final, where she will face the winner of the match between No. 1-seeded Victoria Azarenka and American Sloane Stephens.

As good as Na was in the match, Sharapova gave it away. The world No. 2 committed 32 unforced errors and had six double faults, as her game clearly was not all with her.

Na has been on the brink of breaking through and has had her best finishes as a professional in the Australian Open, last finishing as runner-up in the 2011 event. She has seven WTA singles titles and 19 ITF wins.

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