True. She was bossing Sharapova around and that was one of the marquee forthnights in Maria's career. Li Na's game can be breathtaking at times but it's so high risk that it becomes very tough for someone as prone to lapses in concentration as Li to pull it off consistently.
Two of Li's wins against Sharapova were during back-to-back victories in 2009 and 2010 in Birmingham, during the lowest points of Maria's career. The third was the RG semi where Li was extremely inspired having just beaten both Kvitova and Azarenka and Sharapova was playing horrendous tennis (she should've lost right away in the 2nd round against that french junior). The 4th and final win was against an injured Maria at the YEC.
maria played quite well at rg 2011
Originally Posted by Fool
Maria is the Queen of getting my hopes up, and then ripping out my fucking heart and stomping me to death.
He does, but not only is Li Na a completely different player from Henin (minus the serve ), Carlos was never really able to get Justine to dismantle Sharapova's game. That's why their matches were always so good. He'll never get Li to defend as well as Justine did. No slice backhands here.
Na does not need to defend much against Masha... she's the one dictating the pace in their recent matches...
Li could easily fuck this up (and probably will), but she sure can't complain about the match-up.
The way Li lost/blew that Rome match, I wouldnt be surprised if it leaves her with mental scars she never recovers from in this matchup. She is that fragile mentally. Today will tell us alot if this is true or not.