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China's Li Na beats Sharapova in Edgbaston final

June 13, 2010 19:53 IST

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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