Camila Giorgi, pictured, took down the heavily favored Maria Sharapova 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
Indian Wells, CA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Defending champion Maria Sharapova was upset Monday, while Australian Open champ Li Na was an easy third-round winner at the $5.9 million BNP Paribas Open tennis event at Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The fourth-seeded Sharapova, who won this event in 2013 and 2006, was stunned by 22-year old Italian Camila Giorgi. Giorgi, who had never faced Sharapova, took down the heavily favored Russian 6-3, 4-6, 7-5 on Day 6 in the California desert.
Seeking a third title in four events this season, the top-seeded Chinese star Li improved to 15-1 in 2014 by handling Czech Karolina Pliskova 6-3, 6-4.
Does Li have designs on No. 1?
By Scott Riley, Tennis Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
When Li Na headed to Indian Wells this week, she did so as the top seed. But she wants to be at the top of another list ... the world rankings.
Li was the beneficiary when Serena Williams decided against playing in the California desert this week - a decision that meant Li would be the player to beat at the beautiful Indian Wells Tennis Garden.
The 2014 Australian Open champion and...