Sharapova will now spend next week practising at Wimbledon SW19 as she continues to rebuild her career following a serious shoulder injury.
"After such a long layoff, every match and every situation is a different test to the body," said Sharapova, the 2004 Wimbledon champion.Li will play Magdalena Rybarikova at the final after defeated Sania Mirza 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.
"I still felt like I had many chances in this match, but I have played five matches in the last six days and after that you just hope you wake up with that intensity you need. Against her you need that."
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