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Chinese Li Na cruises into top 16 at Australian Open

01-22-2011 13:22 BJT

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Now to the first grand slam of the tennis season...and China's Li Na, last season's semi-finalist, hoping to continue her strong momentum at the Australian Open. The Chinese 9th seed took on Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of Czech Republic in the women's singles third round.

Li got off to a flying start, taking a 2-0 lead in the opening set. Strycova soon lost her composure, smashing her racket on the ground.

The Chinese continued to dominate the match. With powerful ground strokes, Li raced to 4-1 lead. And went on to close out the set 6-2.

The 9th seed further toppled her opponent in the next set. Li only allowed one game as she walked away with a 6-1 set win. With that, Li Na progresses to the last 16 with a 6-2, 6-1 victory.

Li Na said, "I think this girl produced few threats to me. She didn't have one or two strategies to overcome my play. I could easily defend her serves or shots."

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