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Tennis: Li reaches Indian Wells quarter-finals

Top seed Li Na of China advanced to the quarter-finals of the Indian Wells hardcourt tennis tournament on Tuesday with a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Canada's Aleksandra Wozniak. Australian Open champion Li lined up a rematch with the woman she defeated in the final at Melbourne, Dominika Cibulkova, who beat eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-2. Li steamed through the opening set against Wozniak in 32 minutes, but needed another hour and 11 match points to finally put her away. bb/dw

Tennis: Li sets up quarter-final rematch with Cibulkova

Li Na needed 11 match points to put away Aleksandra Wozniak on Tuesday and book an Indian Wells clash with Dominika Cibulkova, the woman she beat in the Australian Open final. China's Li, the world number two and top seed in the $12 million combined ATP and WTA tournament, defeated Canada's Wozniak 6-1, 6-4 to secure her quarter-final berth. She steamed through the opening set in 32 minutes, but needed another hour to finally wrap up the second set against a player whose ranking has tumbled to 241st as she was sidelined by injury.

Tennis: Li loving life despite weight of expectations

China's Li Na is loving her tennis life, despite elevated expectations and an inevitable smattering of nay-sayers who still think her two Grand Slam titles are a fluke. "Of course I always hear a lot," the world number two said Monday after booking her fourth-round berth at the Indian Wells hardcourt tournament with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Czech Karolina Pliskova. "So many people say 'Oh, she's lucky.' After I won the French, after I won in Australia, they say 'Oh, she's lucky, she cannot win anymore, blah, blah, blah.

Tennis: Li reaches Indian Wells 4th round

Australian Open champion Li Na booked her fourth-round berth at the Indian Wells WTA and ATP Masters hardcourt tournament Monday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic. Li, the world number two and the top women's seed in the California desert, is seeking her third title of 2014. She lifted the trophy in Shenzhen in her native China before claiming the second Grand Slam crown of her career in Melbourne in January.

Tennis: Top seed Li into Indian Wells third round

Australian Open champion Li Na overcame familiar foe Zheng Jie 6-1, 7-5 on Saturday to reach the third round of the Indian Wells hardcourt tennis tournament. Li, women's top seed in the combined ATP Masters and WTA tournament, breezed through the opening set in just 29 minutes, but found the going tougher in the second when she was broken twice to trail 2-4. She finally got her nose in front of her Chinese compatriot with a service break for 6-5 and sealed it in the next game after one hour and 34 minutes.

Tennis: Top seed Li into Indian Wells third round

Australian Open champion Li Na overcame familiar foe Zheng Jie 6-1, 7-5 on Saturday to reach the third round of the Indian Wells hardcourt tennis tournament. Li, the women's top seed in the combined ATP Masters and WTA tournament, breezed through the opening set in just 29 minutes, but found the going tougher in the second when she was broken twice to trail 2-4. She finally got her nose in front of her Chinese compatriot with a service break for 6-5 and sealed it in the next game after one hour and 34 minutes.

Tennis: Top seed Li into Indian Wells third round

Australian Open champion Li Na overcame familiar foe Zheng Jie 6-1, 7-5 on Saturday to reach the third round of the Indian Wells hardcourt tennis tournament. Li, women's top seed in the combined ATP Masters and WTA tournament, breezed through the opening set in just 29 minutes, but found the going tougher in the second when she was broken twice to trail 2-4. She finally got her nose in front of her Chinese compatriot with a service break for 6-5 and sealed it in the next game after one hour and 34 minutes.

Badminton: Li makes another great escape

Olympic champion Li Xuerui made a great escape for the second successive day to survive into the quarter-finals of the All England Open championships on Thursday. The top-seeded Chinese player came from a game and 8-13 down against Minatsu Mitani, the world number 16 from Japan, drifting to within three points of defeat before winning 14-21, 21-19, 21-15.

Tennis: Li Na follows triumph with a tumble

Top-seeded Li Na's Australian Open triumph last month was followed by a stunning tumble when she lost to a qualifier in the third round of the Qatar Open on Thursday. The celebrated Chinese player was beaten 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 6-4 by Petra Cetkowska, a Czech ranked outside the top 100, in a topsy-turvy contest in Li's first tournament since her Grand Slam triumph in Melbourne.

Tennis: Tough restart for China's Li Na

Li Na's return after her Australian Open triumph last month brought her a surprisingly hard fight and a struggle against difficult conditions, but the settling of an old score. The top-seeded Chinese player needed two and a quarter hours to overcome a blustery wind and Magdalena Rybarikova, the world number 32 from Slovakia, by 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, thus reversing the result of their only previous meeting.
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