Novak Djokovic from Serbia and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus claimed their men's and women's China Open singles title in Beijing on Oct 7, 2012.
Azarenka converted five of 12 break points while conceding five fewer unforced errors than Sharapova in a 6-3, 6-1, 86-minute victory to claim her first title in Beijing.
Shanghai Masters organisers have increased security for the tournament starting on Saturday after an online threat to decapitate world number one Roger Federer, the Shanghai Youth Daily newspaper reported on Friday.
The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) announced on Friday that China's Li Na has secured the eighth and final singles berth at this year's WTA Championships, which will be staged in Istanbul, Turkey, from October 23-28.
China's rising star Zhang Ze missed the opportunity to continue his dark horse run at China Open when he was beaten 6-3, 6-4 by Germany's Florian Mayer in the quarter-finals on Friday.
Home favorite Li Na came from one set down to defeat compatriot Peng Shuai 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (3) in a marathon battle which lasted two hours and 27 minutes, entering into the quarterfinals at the China Open on Thursday.
World No. 165 Zhang Ze of China had a history-making 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Richard Gasquet of France in men's singles second round at China Open here on Thursday, becoming the first Chinese player to advance into the third round in any ATP tournament.
Former world No.1s Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic were bundled out of the China Open third round while Maria Sharapova of Russia sailed through to the third round with a convincing performance.
Top seeds Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and Novak Djokovic of Serbia both advanced at the cost of German players in the China Open on Tuesday, but followed different paths in their respective matches.
Chinese superstar and world No. 8 Li Na got her revenge over Russian Nadia Petrova when she defeated the nemesis for the first time in seven meetings at China Open second round here on Tuesday.
Chinese women's tennis superstar Li Na said on Saturday that she hopes to link up with her newly recruited coach Carlos Rodriguez until retirement.
China's tennis star Li Na will take on Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone in China Open first round, a repeat of the 2011 French Open final.