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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.

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.

Tennis: People look at the Chinese differently now - Li

People look at Chinese players differently since Li Na won two Grand Slam titles, the new Australian Open champion claims. Li, who is seeded to win the Qatar Open title this week, is as amazed as anyone at the transformation in attitudes which have taken place recently. "I remember when I was young that people would say 'she's a Chinese player, she's easy', " said Li, who plays her first match since her Melbourne triumph on Wednesday. "That's not like now. Now people know exactly (who they are playing). And they know who she is and what she does and how she works.

Tennis: People look at the Chinese differently now - Li

People look at Chinese players differently since Li Na won two Grand Slam titles, the new Australian Open champion claims. Li, who is seeded to win the Qatar Open title this week, is as amazed as anyone at the transformation in attitudes which have taken place recently. "I remember when I was young that people would say 'she's a Chinese player, she's easy', " said Li, who plays her first match since her Melbourne triumph on Wednesday. "That's not like now. Now people know exactly (who they are playing). And they know who she is and what she does and how she works.

Tennis: I can do better still, says Melbourne champion Li Na

Li Na, the Chinese star who won her second Grand Slam title last month and will earn a world number two ranking this week, believes the best is yet to come. The 31-year-old has top seed status at this week's Qatar Open, the $2,440,000 event which is her first since her Australian Open triumph two weeks ago. "I don't think this is the best moment of my career - the year is only just beginning. I can't just say I did well in the first one," Li insisted, referring to the Melbourne success. "There's another ten months in the year.

Tennis: Qatar top seed Li Na out to build on Melbourne success

Li Na looks certain to build on last month's Australian Open triumph by reaching a career-high world number two next week - and could go on to become Serena Williams' nearest rival. The Chinese player is the unexpected top seed at the Qatar Open starting here on Monday, after a foot inflammation caused Victoria Azarenka's withdrawal and a persistently troublesome back forced Williams to pull out too.

Tennis: The one-liners of Li Na

China's Li Na won a legion of fans en route to winning the Australian Open by cracking jokes after her matches. Here a selection of Li's one-liners: On what inspires her (after reaching the 2013 final) "Prize money." On her husband, Jiang Shan "I didn't have a good night last night. My husband was snoring. I woke up every hour." "He can't really cook. It's easier if he just pays for me (at a restaurant)." "If he says, 'Enough' (jokes), I think we will divorce." On her agent, Max Eisenbud

Tennis: The one-liners of Li Na

China's Li Na won a legion of fans en route to winning the Australian Open by cracking jokes after her matches. Here a selection of Li's one-liners: On what inspires her (after reaching the 2013 final) "Prize money." On her husband, Jiang Shan "I didn't have a good night last night. My husband was snoring. I woke up every hour." "He can't really cook. It's easier if he just pays for me (at a restaurant)." "If he says, 'Enough' (jokes), I think we will divorce." On her agent, Max Eisenbud

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.
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