Sharapova crushes Li to reach Key Biscayne semis

Key Biscayne (Florida): Second seed Maria Sharapova stormed into the semi-finals of the Sony Ericsson Open after ending her jinx against China`s Li Na with a convincing 6-3, 6-0 win on Tuesday.

The Russian had lost her previous four meetings with Li in straight sets, including the semi-finals of last year`s French Open, but needed just 68 minutes to seal victory on Tuesday.

"I came into this match having lost to her the last few times. I just really wanted to change that, so I was extremely focused and looking forward to the match," said Sharapova.

"I was just really consistent today in those conditions where, you know, it`s a little gusty and blowing around and I was facing a tough opponent."

It was a scrappy start to the encounter with the first five games all being broken before Sharapova eased into her baseline game and won eight consecutive games to emerge victorious.

Bureau Report