Li Na relishing final against 'fighter' Maria Sharapova

Second-seed Li enjoyed a 6-4, 6-3 win over qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the USA, ranked 104th in the world, to reach the final. With a brand-new Porsche waiting court-side for Sunday's winner to drive off, Li admitted she could be presented with a luxury problem as her sponsorship deal with Mercedes would forbid her from driving her prize.

updated: April 28, 2013 10:13 IST
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Stuttgart, Germany: China's Li Na has said she expects a tough battle in Sunday's final at the Stuttgart WTA clay-court tournament against defending French Open champion Maria Sharapova.

Li, the 2011 Roland Garros winner, takes on Sharapova after the top seeds came through Saturday's semi-finals, but the Russian is unbeaten in Stuttgart having won all seven of her games on her two appearances here.

"Sharapova's a fighter, she never gives up and I will have to focus on every point out on the court," said the 31-year-old Li after Sharapova won last year's final on her Stuttgart debut.

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