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Tennis: Li advances to Miami final

China's Li Na advanced to the final of the WTA Tour's Miami hardcourt tournament by beating Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 7-5, 2-6, 6-3 on Thursday. Li will next face top seed Serena Williams who beat Russian Maria Sharapova 6-4, 6-3 in the other semi-final on Thursday. World number two Li hit two aces and had six double faults but she won 46 of 79 first serve points in the two hour, 20 minute match. jr/gph/dw

Tennis: Li advances to Miami semi-finals

World number two Li Na posted a straight set victory over 11th seeded Caroline Wozniacki in the quarter-finals of the WTA and ATP Miami Masters tournament on Wednesday. China's Li won 63 percent of her first serve points and 79 of 150 total points in the match which lasted just over two hours. Li advances to the semi-finals where she will face Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia who beat Agnieszka Radwanska in three sets earlier in the day. gph/mdl

Tennis: Murray, Li advance to fourth round at Miami

British sixth seed Andy Murray downed former practice partner Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1 Sunday to reach the fourth round at the ATP and WTA Miami Masters. Also advancing at the hardcourt event was Chinese world number two Li Na, the reigning Australian Open champion who dispatched American Madison Keys 7-6 (7/3), 6-3. Defending champion Murray polished his record to 9-0 over Spaniard Lopez. The Scotsman, who does much of his off-season training in Miami, improved to 21-6 in his part-time hometown.

Tennis: Murray, Li advance to fourth round at Miami

British sixth seed Andy Murray downed former practice partner Feliciano Lopez 6-4, 6-1 Sunday to reach the fourth round at the ATP and WTA Miami Masters. Also advancing at the hardcourt event was Chinese world number two Li Na, the reigning Australian Open champion who dispatched American Madison Keys 7-6 (7/3), 6-3. Defending champion Murray polished his record to 9-0 over Spaniard Lopez. The Scotsman, who does much of his off-season training in Miami, improved to 21-6 in his part-time hometown.

Tennis: Li masters Keys to reach Miami fourth round

China's Li Na reached the fourth round of the ATP and WTA Miami Masters, dispatching American Madison Keys 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 after a difficult opening set Sunday. The Australian Open champion and world number two spent nearly an hour surviving the first set, saving two set points on the serve of 38th-ranked Keys. Keys committed a backhand error on her first chance and double-faulted on the second before Li got the break for 5-4 in a set which eventually went into a tiebreaker.

Tennis: Indian Wells defeat no cause for concern - Li

Vanquished top seed Li Na's warm hug for Flavia Pennetta on Friday after the Italian beat her in the semi-finals at Indian Wells had plenty of history behind it. The tennis rivals were born just one day apart -- China's Li on February 26 and Pennetta on February 25 in 1982 -- and Li said she feels a kinship with the Italian who is still hard at it on the WTA Tour. "You know, she's only one day older than me," Li said. "It's not easy over 30 still play on the tour."

Tennis: Li again gets best of Cibulkova

Top seed Li Na edged Dominika Cibulkova in three sets on Thursday, reprising her victory over the Slovakian in the Australian Open final to book an Indian Wells semi-final berth. It wasn't as smooth as the 7-6 (7/3), 6-0 triumph in Melbourne that gave China's Li a second Grand Slam title in January. Li sweated out a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 victory in two hours and 36 minutes, battling a more aggressive Cibulkova as well as her own erratic play.

Tennis: Li downs Cibulkova to reach Indian Wells semis

Australian Open champion Li Na booked her semi-final berth at the Indian Wells hardcourt tennis tournament with a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Dominika Cibulkova. China's Li, the world number two who is the top seed in the event, reprised her triumph over Slovakia's Cibulkova in the final in Melbourne, although she labored two hours and 36 minutes to do it. Li was firmly in control in the opening set, breaking Cibulkova to start the match.

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: 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.
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