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Tennis: WTA Paris Open results - 1st update

Results from the fifth day of the WTA Paris Open on Friday (x denotes seeding): Quarter-finals Maria Sharapova (RUS x1) bt Kirsten Flipkens (BEL x8) 6-2, 6-2 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) bt Angelique Kerber (GER) 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) afp

Tennis: Sharapova cruises into Paris quarter-finals

Russian top seed Maria Sharapova dished out a 6-0, 6-1 defeat to Slovakia's Daniela Hantuchova in the second round to cruise into the WTA Paris Open quarter-finals on Wednesday. A shock fourth-round loser at the season-opening Grand Slam the Australian Open in Melbourne earlier this month Sharapova regained the winning thread at the Stade Coubertin, serving 10 aces with just two double faults.

Tennis: Sharapova desperate for repeat of Paris glamour

Maria Sharapova swaps sweltering Melbourne for wet and chilly Paris on Monday hoping her love affair with the French capital will help bury her Australian Open nightmare. The world number three was a shock fourth-round loser at the season-opening Grand Slam, going down to eventual finalist Dominika Cibulkova, her hopes hamstrung by a hip injury.

China's Li Na wins Australian Open

Melbourne, Australia, Jan 25 (EFE).- Chinese sporting hero Li Na overcame early jitters to defeat Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (7-3), 6-0 in Saturday night's Australian Open final, a victory that cements her place in tennis history. The late bloomer finally lifted up the trophy at this major hard-court event after losing in the final in 2011 and 2013, finding her game after winning a tight first set to cruise to her second Grand Slam title.

Cibulkova confident of joining grand slam winners' club

By Simon Cambers MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova is confident she can win a grand slam title one day as her run to the Australian Open final showed she can adapt her game to all surfaces. The 24-year-old, the first Slovakian woman to reach a grand slam singles final, was beaten 7-6(3) 6-0 by China's Li Na in the final on Saturday. But having taken Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska out en route, the 20th seed said she was knocking on the door.

Tennis: I'll win a Slam one day, says Cibulkova

Dominika Cibulkova said Saturday the experience of playing a Grand Slam final would stand her in good stead and had given her confidence she can become Slovakia's first major champion. The diminutive Cibulkova, seeded 20, battled hard in the first set against China's world number four Li Na in the Australian Open final, but she fell to pieces in the second, crashing 7-6 (7/3), 6-0. It was the 24-year-old's first major final, with her previous best performance being the 2009 French Open semi-finals. And she said she had learned some valuable lessons.

Li overwhelms Cibulkova to claim Australian Open

By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - China's Li Na overcame an attack of nerves and weathered a feisty challenge from Dominika Cibulkova before roaring to a 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 victory to win her first Australian Open title on Saturday. Heartbroken as runner-up last year and in 2011, the 31-year-old struggled on serve and battled an errant forehand in a tight first set, before finding her range in devastating fashion to become the oldest woman to win at Melbourne Park.

Factbox - Australian Open women's finalists

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Brief biographies of the women's finalists at the 2014 Australian Open on Saturday: - - - - Li Na (China) Age: 31 Seeded: 4 Grand Slam titles: 1 - French Open (2011) Li Na has continued her love affair with the year's first grand slam, where she has made at least the semi-finals four times since 2010.

Tennis: 'Pocket rocket' aims for maiden Grand Slam

She's known as the "pocket rocket" and the "energizer bunny" and diminutive Dominikia Cibulkova is aiming to hustle and bustle her way to a first Grand Slam title on Saturday. The Slovak, at five feet three inches (1.61m), is the smallest player in the top 50 and if she beats China's Li Na in the Australian Open final she will become the shortest ever Grand Slam champion. Clearly height matters little in tennis, with Cibulkova dismantling the game of statuesque Russian Maria Sharapova, who is almost a foot taller, en route to the decider at Melbourne Park.

Tennis: Li Na, the hottest property in tennis

Forget Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova -- Li Na is regarded as the hottest property in tennis, not just because of her ability, but because she has opened the door to the sport's future. In becoming Asia's first Grand Slam champion at the 2011 French Open, the wise-cracking Chinese star brought tennis to a huge potential new audience including 1.3 billion of her compatriots and a region encompassing two-thirds of humanity.
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