MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) - China's Li Na has overpowered second-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-2 to advance to the Australian Open final and a chance for her second Grand Slam title.
Li, who won the 2011 French Open and was the losing finalist here to Kim Clijsters the same year, broke Sharapova's serve in the fifth and seventh games of the second set on Thursday.
Sharapova had dropped only nine games in five matches en route to the semifinals, a tournament record.
The sixth-seeded Li, who has been working since August with Justine Henin's former coach, Carlos Rodriquez, will play either defending champion Victoria Azarenka or 19-year-old American Sloane Stephens in Saturday night's final.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Meet the newest liligers - mom's a liger and dad's a lion. (Photos)
The pope invited a teen with Down Syndrome up to his car for a spin.
Lil Wayne: I wasn't intentionally stepping on the U.S. flag. (Video)
The U. of Oregon is cracking down on a fan favorite.