The former World No. 1 ranked Maria Sharapova will face Chinese top seed Li Na in the second round of the 2011 WTA Championship on 26th October in Istanbul.
The 24-year-old Sharapova has been in top form this season, where she has clinched two WTA Tour titles at Rome Masters and Cincinnati Open. Sharapova, who has played her last tournament at Toray Pan Pacific Open against 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, as Russian star has withdrawn from the quarter final match with foot injury.
The World No. 5th ranked Li Na, who has won maiden Grand Slam title at the French Open in May, where she will face a tough battle in the opening round of the 2011 WTA Championship. Li Na has been struggling with her form, where she has lost opening round match at US Open and China Open and semi finals of the New Haven Open at Yale Petra Cetkovska of Czech Republic in three sets.
Both the players are fighting for the 9th occasion, where Sharapova leads with a 5-3 win loss head-to-head record. The pair last meet at French Open semi finals this year, as Li Na clinched victory in straight sets with a 6-4 and 7-5. The World No. 2 ranked Sharapova is looking heavy favorite to win the match and will clash next round against Victoria Azarenka of Bulgaria on Thursday.
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