Steely Li Na confident of halting Maria Sharapova

Meanwhile America's Stephens, 19, will be basking in the glow of her defeat of injury-hit 15-time Grand Slam winner Williams, in the biggest shock of the tournament, when she walks out against Azarenka.

updated: January 23, 2013 14:20 IST
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Melbourne: Record-breaking Maria Sharapova will hope to capitalise on Serena Williams' demise to snatch her fifth Grand Slam title -- but first she'll have to get past a determined Li Na in the semis.

The tall Russian was quickly installed as bookmakers' favourite after a limping Williams was upset by teenager Sloane Stephens, who will face 2012 champion Victoria Azarenka in the last four on Thursday.

Sharapova has been in terrifying form at the year's opening Grand Slam, running through five matches for the loss of just nine games, a new tournament record.

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