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AO Gallery: Down To Two Down Under

Sloane Stephens and Maria Sharapova's impressive runs through the Australian Open draw came to an end in the semifinals on Thursday at the hands of a pair of very determined opponents.

Published January 24, 2013 12:00

The first match of the day on Semifinal Thursday pit Maria Sharapova against Li Na.
The first match of the day on Semifinal Thursday pit Maria Sharapova against Li Na.
Sharapova had won all three of their 2012 meetings, but this time just wasn't to be...
Sharapova had won all three of their 2012 meetings, but this time just wasn't to be...
Li was on complete fire in the match, breaking in the first game and never looking back.
Li was on complete fire in the match, breaking in the first game and never looking back.
Li's 62 62 victory over Sharapova was her fifth career victory against a Top 2 player.
Li's 62 62 victory over Sharapova was her fifth career victory against a Top 2 player.
Li is through to her third Grand Slam final now - she is 1-1 in her first two, in 2011.
Li is through to her third Grand Slam final now - she is 1-1 in her first two, in 2011.
The second semifinal saw Sloane Stephens take on the World No.1, Victoria Azarenka.
The second semifinal saw Sloane Stephens take on the World No.1, Victoria Azarenka.
Stephens fought off five match points but Azarenka would close it out a game later, 61 64.
Stephens fought off five match points but Azarenka would close it out a game later, 61 64.
Like Li, Azarenka is in her third Grand Slam final. and like Li she's 1-1 in the first two.
Like Li, Azarenka is in her third Grand Slam final. and like Li she's 1-1 in the first two.
  • The first match of the day on Semifinal Thursday pit Maria Sharapova against Li Na.
  • Sharapova had won all three of their 2012 meetings, but this time just wasn't to be...
  • Li was on complete fire in the match, breaking in the first game and never looking back.
  • Li's 62 62 victory over Sharapova was her fifth career victory against a Top 2 player.
  • Li is through to her third Grand Slam final now - she is 1-1 in her first two, in 2011.
  • The second semifinal saw Sloane Stephens take on the World No.1, Victoria Azarenka.
  • Stephens fought off five match points but Azarenka would close it out a game later, 61 64.
  • Like Li, Azarenka is in her third Grand Slam final. and like Li she's 1-1 in the first two.
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