Li edges Cibulkova in Sony Open semifinals

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 27, 2014 at 11:40 pm •  Published: March 27, 2014
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KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) — Li Na advanced to the final at the Sony Open by beating Dominika Cibulkova 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 early Friday.

Li improved to 7-0 against Cibulkova. She won despite being broken seven times and committing 40 unforced errors, closing out the victory at 12:33 a.m. when Cibulkova hit a final forehand wide.

On Saturday, Li will play top-ranked Serena Williams, who beat Maria Sharapova for the 15th consecutive time, rallying in both sets to win 6-4, 6-3.

The No. 2-ranked Li is only 1-10 against Williams, but she leads the women's tour this year with a record of 21-2, including the Australian Open title in January.