Sharapova, Tsonga advance to finals in Beijing

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Associated Press

Posted on October 6, 2012 at 5:32 AM

Updated Saturday, Oct 6 at 7:00 AM

BEIJING (AP) — Maria Sharapova advanced to the China Open final on Saturday, beating seventh-seeded Li Na 6-4, 6-0.

The No. 2-seeded Sharapova has won three clay court titles this season, including the French Open.

It took Sharapova 68-minutes to secure the first set, then she needed only 33 minutes to take the second set while winning 25 of the 34 points played.

In the men's draw, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France moved into the final when Feliciano Lopez retired from their semifinal with a left wrist injury.

Tsonga was leading 6-1, 4-1 when the 30th-ranked Spaniard decided he could no longer continue playing. Lopez had the trainer on court after the conclusion of the first set.

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