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Li Na sets up rematch with Clijsters

01-21-2012 14:41 BJT Special Report:Australian Open Tennis Championships 2012 |

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China's Li Na faced Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain in the third round of the women's draw. A win would send Li through to a quarterfinal rematch with Belgium’s Kim Clijsters.

The fifth seed Li came in on a quest to win her second grand slam title, after winning last year’s French Open. She started the match by generating power from the baseline. Li Na got the job done in the first game and set the tone of the match.

Li of China hits a return to Rogowska of Australia during their women's singles match
at the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne.

The 26th seeded Garrigues seemed overmatched on her first service game. It went to break point for the French Open champ, and Li converted to grab a 2-0 first set lead.

Then things went wrong for the Spaniard in the third game. She rolled her right ankle and dropped to the court. It was an scary moment that left Li and the crowd in Rod Laver Arena in stunned silence. Garrigues received treatment and went back to the court for another game, but clearly was not the same after the injury. She retired from the match, trailing 3-0 and 0-30 down in the fourth game. So Li Na advances to the last 16 for a rematch of last year’s final against Kim Clijsters.

Li Na said: "Actually we have almost the same style of play. We met in last year’s final. Despite losing, I gained confidence in winning a grand slam from that match. Last year’s final was a happy memory and experience in my career. I will meet her in the next round, and I know her well. I believe it will be tougher, but it’s a new challenge. "

Clijsters beat Li 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in 2011 for her only title of the year. The loss inspired Li Na to win her first Grand Slam trophy at Roland Garros. Clijsters enjoys a 5-2 record over Li in their previous meetings.

But the Chinese star did achieve a win over Clijsters in last year’s Sydney International after staging a remarkable comeback.

The Belgian star knocked out Daniela Hantuchova in straight sets to set up her 8th meeting against Li. Clijsters has been playing consistently well at this year’s tournament, as has Li. If both players are at the top of their game, Sunday’s rematch should be a classic.

Li Na of China celebrates winning a point during her victory
over Olivia Rogowska of Australia in their second round women's
singles match on day three of the 2012 Australian Open tennis
tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2012.

Li Na of China hits a shot against Olivia Rogowska of Australia in their second round
women's singles match on day three of the 2012 Australian Open tennis tournament in
Melbourne.

Li Na of China serves in her second round match against Olivia Rogowska of Belgium
during day three of the 2012 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 18, 2012 in
Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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