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Jan 20, 2013 at 01:42pm IST

Australian Open: Li Na overcomes Julia Goerges in Round of 16

Melbourne: Li Na won a tight first-set tiebreaker and beat Julia Goerges 7-6 (6), 6-1 to advance to her first Grand Slam quarter-final since her breakthrough major win at the 2011 French Open.

After an initial scare, the No. 6-seeded Li came back strong in the second set, dropping just one game. Since becoming the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam, Li had failed to advance past the fourth round at a major.

She teamed up with Justine Henin's former coach, Carlos Rodriguez, after Wimbledon last year to help raise her game.

Li Na overcomes Julia Goerges in Round of 16

She enters her first Grand Slam quarter-final since winning the French Open in 2011.

She could face No. 2 Maria Sharapova in the semi-finals and No. 3 Serena Williams in the final.

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