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China's Li Na beats Sharapova in Edgbaston final

June 13, 2010 19:53 IST
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Li NaChina's Li Na proved too strong for former world number one Maria Sharapova at Edgbaston for the second year in succession on Sunday when she claimed the grasscourt title with a 7-5, 6-1 victory.

The top seed was given a tough fight early on by Sharapova before racing to victory and her third career title.

Three-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova, trying to climb back into the world's top 10 after her career was stalled by a serious shoulder injury, lost to Li in last year's semi-finals.

Sharapova was trying to win the event for a third time.

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