Alison Riske's great Birmingham run came to an end today when she was defeated 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 by 2nd seed Maria Sharapova. Top seed (and wild card) Li Na defeated Aravane Rezai 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. Sharapova has won the tournament three times; Li was a finalist last year, losing to Magdalena Rybarikova.
In her semifinal match, Sharapova had service win percentages of 84 and 58, and she hit 12 aces.
Riske, playing in her first main draw, defeated 3rd seed Yanina Wickmayer in the quarterfinals.
In doubles, the team of Cara Black and Lisa Raymond defeated Nathalie Grandin and Abigail Spears 6-4, 6-4. Black and Raymond are seeded second. The other semifnal was won by Liezel Huber and Bethanie Mattek-Sands. They defeated Vania King and Yaroslava Shvedova 6-4, 6-0.