Maria Sharapova holds on to reach Stuttgart final, will face Li Na

In Sunday's final, Sharapova will face second-seed Li Na of China. Li won their last match in January's Australian Open semi when the Chinese won 6-2, 6-2; her fifth win over the Russian, who has beaten her eight times.

updated: April 28, 2013 09:01 IST
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Stuttgart, Germany: Defending champion Maria Sharapova on Saturday booked her place in the final of the Stuttgart WTA tournament after seeing off Germany's Angelique Kerber with a 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 victory in yet another three-set tussle.

The 26-year-old Russian has also been taken to three sets in both her previous matches, when she saw off Lucie Safarova, then Ana Ivanovic in Friday's semi, and showed some grit to see off Kerber, who was cheered on by the crowd.

French Open champion Sharapova has played seven-and-a-half hours in her three matches here on clay, but comfortably took the first set with two breaks, before Kerber returned the compliment in the second.

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