Maria Sharapova brushes off Li Na to win Stuttgart WTA

Having beaten Lucie Safarova, Ana Ivanovic and Angelique Kerber on the way to the final, Sharapova is now undefeated at Stuttgart on her second appearance at the clay-court tournament.

updated: April 29, 2013 00:20 IST
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Stuttgart: Defending French Open champion Maria Sharapova claimed the Stuttgart WTA title on Sunday, beating China's Li Na 6-4, 6-3 in just over 90 minutes to get her clay-court season off to a winning start.

Having been taken to three-sets in all of her previous three matches here en route to the final, Sharapova saved her best tennis until last to defeat the Chinese in straight sets.

She broke Li twice in the first, but the Chinese managed to reply with a break of her own before Sharapova used the first of her three set points to take the first set.

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