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WTA China Open: Li Na powers into quarter-finals

10-03-2013 14:53 BJT

Li Na had a chance to reach the round of 8 on Wednesday evening as she took on
Germany’s Sabine Lisicki. Lisicki came in, playing pretty well, but Li would
hold court at home.

Li Na had a chance to reach the round of 8 on Wednesday evening as she took on Germany’s Sabine Lisicki. Lisicki came in, playing pretty well, but Li would hold court at home.

The fourth seed Li and 13th seeded Lisicki set for battle here in the Capital.

Lisicki though settled in well early and got her service game on track, putting pressure on the Chinese in set one.

Li would answer back however, with some strong serving of her own. The Chinese’s first serve winning rate...reaching an impressive 75 percent in the opening set.

And the home favourite would have an opportunity late to hold serve and take the first...and Li got it done to move up a set with a 7-5 win in the opener.

Despite facing elimination Lisicki able to enjoy her match against Li, but she wouldn’t be smiling for too much longer.

After holding serve in first four games of the second set, both players traded breaks in the next two games. The 31-year-old Li though...would go up a break after producing some sizzling winners at the net.

And Li, would take set two 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals where she will meet the sixth seeded Petra Kvitova.

Li said, "I believe that both of us were not at our best, but we played hard. I am happy that I was able to overcome my poor play and win the match."

Reporter: "Guangzhou Evergrande won their match just as you finished yours. The official Weibo account of Chinese soccer mentioned that. What do you want to say about Chinese soccer?"

"I am happy they are playing their best. Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. I watched the first leg of the semi-final. So before today’s match, a couple members of my team and I bet on the score. I’m happy they are into the final. And I hope they can take the title."


 

Editor:James |Source: CCTV.com