Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, will be the site for this women's singles semifinal match.
Opening serve for this Sharapova-Na Li showdown is scheduled for tonight at 9:30 p.m. EST (6:30 p.m. PST) on ESPN-2, following the men's doubles semifinal match between Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (USA) vs. Simone Bolelli/Fabio Fognini (Italy).
It comes as no surprise that the 2008 Australian Open champion is considered a huge favorite heading into tonight.
Sharapova is currently listed as a 1/4 [-400] favorite over Li, who’s a 2011 runner-up and a 3/1 [+300] underdog this evening.
These ladies have met 12 times in their careers with the Russian beauty winning eight of those encounters, and riding a three-match win streak.
Six of those meetings took place on hardcourt surface, where Sharapova holds a 5-1 edge over her Chinese counterpart.
The last time they met was last season in Miami, where the four-time Grand Slam champ prevailed in straight sets: 6-3 6-0.
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