14 Jun 2009

Sharapova beaten in Birmingham

3:49 pm on 14 June 2009

Maria Sharapova's Wimbledon build-up suffered a setback when she was knocked out of the Birmingham grasscourt tennis tournament 6-4 6-4 by China's Li Na.

Sharapova, the champion at Birmingham in 2004 and 2005, is still feeling her way back after over 10 months out with a shoulder injury and she showed signs of a quick revival by reaching the French Open quarter-finals.

But the unseeded Russian was plagued by errors today, suffering six breaks of serve in her 90-minute defeat.

Li, the fourth seed, will face Slovakian 13th seed Magdalena Rybarikova, who beat India's Sania Mirza 3-6 6-0 6-3, in tonight's final.