Li Na

  • Australian Open champ Li Na, coach part ways July 4, 2014

    London: Two-time major champion Li Na and coach Carlos Rodriguez are parting ways after nearly two years together. Li's agent, Max Eisenbud, says Rodriguez is no longer able to travel on the tennis circuit. Instead, Rodriguez will spend more time at his tennis academy in Beijing. In August 2012, Li hired Rodriguez,...
  • Li Na, Venus Williams out of Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic wins June 27, 2014

    London: A year that started with another Grand Slam title for Li Na has turned into a major disappointment. On a day when top-seeded Novak Djokovic had a nasty fall late in his third-round match Friday and five-time champion Venus Williams lost, Australian Open champion Li was eliminated 7-6 (5), 7-6...
  • Li Na, Venus Williams advance to third round at Wimbledon June 25, 2014

    Australian Open champion Li Na advanced to the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-2, 6-2 win on Wednesday over Yvonne Meusburger of Austria. The second-seeded Li had two early service breaks and was also broken once on her service early in the second set, but took control at 4-2 and...
  • Li Na advances to 2nd round at Wimbledon June 23, 2014

    London: Second-seeded Li Na of China advanced to the second round at Wimbledon with a 7-5, 6-2 win over Paula Kania of Poland on Monday. Li, the 2011 French Open champion, rallied to win the last four games of the first set after being down a service break at 5-3. Kania fought...
  • Second seed Li suffers Paris upset, Ferrer eases through May 27, 2014

    Li Na, the Australian Open champion, followed her male counterpart Stan Wawrinka out of the French Open in the first round when she lost 7-5 3-6 6-1 to local favourite Kristina Mladenovic on Tuesday. The second seed from China, who won at Roland Garros in 2011, admitted she had handed victory...
  • Sara Errani beats Li Na to reach Rome semi-finals May 16, 2014

    Rome: Sara Errani took advantage of a supportive crowd to beat second-seeded Li Na 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 on Friday and reach the Italian Open semi-finals for the second consecutive year. The 10th-seeded Errani is attempting to become the first Italian woman to win the tournament since Raffaella Reggi took the title...
  • Nadal, Serena, Li Na advance to Madrid quarters May 8, 2014

    Madrid: Defending champions Rafael Nadal and Serena Williams lined up Madrid Open quarterfinals against tough Czechs with straight-set wins on Thursday. Nadal's match on Friday should be more revealing. He hadn't lost a quarterfinal on clay in nine years until last month in Monte Carlo, and repeated in Barcelona. Returning to...
  • Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska reach 2nd round at Madrid Open May 5, 2014

    Madrid: Seeded women's players Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska overcame stubborn resistance to win their first-round matches at the Madrid Open on Monday. The second-seeded Na held off Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens 6-1, 7-6 (7) before the third-seeded Radwanska ousted Canada's Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 (3), 6-2 on the clay at the Magic...
  • Serena Williams beats Li Na for Sony Open title March 30, 2014

    Key Biscayne: The celebration began with a series of happy hops that propelled Serena Williams across the court. Soon she was twirling, waving, laughing and mugging for the cameras - a familiar ritual by a perennial champion. Williams won a record seventh Key Biscayne title on Saturday when she overcame a...
  • Williams, Li set up enticing Miami showdown March 28, 2014

    Serena Williams and Li Na swept past familiar foes at the Sony Open on Thursday, setting up an exciting showdown for the Miami hardcourt crown between the world's top ranked players. World number one Williams continued her utter domination of Maria Sharapova with a 6-4, 6-3 win over the fourth-seeded Russian,...
  • Li Na cruises past Wozniacki in Miami, enters semis March 27, 2014

    Miami: World number two Li Na powered her way past 11th seed Caroline Wozniacki 7-5 7-5 and into the semi-finals of the Sony Open on Wednesday, setting up another rematch of the Australian Open final against Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova. Li did not play a match until the third round after receiving...
  • Li Na rallies past Madison Keys in 3rd round at Sony Open March 23, 2014

    Florida: Li Na overcame three set points on Sunday to rally past American Madison Keys 7-6 (3), 6-3 and reach the fourth round at the Sony Open. The No. 2-seeded Li, the reigning Australian Open champion, won despite struggling with her second serve. She had seven double-faults and was broken four...
  • Venus Williams through to third round, Li handed walkover in Miami March 22, 2014

    Miami: Before Serena Williams planted her flag at the Sony Open it was sister Venus who ruled over the Miami hardcourts and the older of the tennis siblings signalled on Friday she was ready to reclaim the throne with a 6-3 6-3 win over Anna Schmiedlova. World number one Serena's resume...
  • Li, Pennetta and Dolgopolov make Indian Wells semis March 14, 2014

    China's Li Na won her rematch with Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova in the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells on Thursday. In her first meeting with Cibulkova since the Australian Open final in January, Li once again proved too strong for her younger opponent, winning 6-3 4-6, 6-3 in...
  • Top seed Li ousted in Qatar Open third round February 13, 2014

    Doha: Australian Open champion Li Na was upset by Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-4 in the Qatar Open third round on Thursday. The top-seeded Li, playing her first tournament since the Australian Open, had a 3-1 lead in the third set. Li played tentative tennis throughout the 2-hour, 46-minute...
  • Cibulkova to play Fed Cup for Slovakia January 29, 2014

    Bratislava: Australian Open finalist Dominika Cibulkova was named in the Slovakian team ahead of next month's first round of the Fed Cup against Germany. Cibulkova lost to Li Na 7-6 (3), 6-0 in her first major final, which saw her jump to No.13 in the WTA rankings. In a team announced on...
  • Australian Open is my favourite Grand Slam: Li Na January 28, 2014

    China's Li Na, who picked up her second Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Saturday, spoke to CNN about her journey to lifting that trophy. ...
  • Dominika Cibulkova hopes first grand slam final won't be her last January 26, 2014

    Melbourne: Dominika Cibulkova didn't speak to her parents back in Slovakia before the biggest tennis match of her life. In fact, she hadn't spoken to them for nearly two weeks. "We were superstitious," she said in her post-match news conference, beaming despite losing the women's final to Li Na 7-6 (3),...
  • Li Na wins the Australian Open 2014 women's singles title January 25, 2014

    Melbourne: Li Na made it third time lucky in the Australian Open final, beating Dominika Cibulkova 7-6 (3), 6-0 on Saturday to become the oldest woman to clinch the title here in the Open era. Li, who turns 32 next month, lost Australian Open finals to Kim Clijsters in 2011...
  • Australian Open 2014: Li Na to play Dominika Cibulkova in women's singles final January 24, 2014

    Melbourne: This will be Li Na's third time in the Australian Open final and her goal, she half-jokes, is to not fall down. For Dominika Cibulkova, the game plan is to enjoy the moment that she describes as a beautiful dream coming true. The No. 4-seeded Li is the favorite to...
  • Li Na's feet on the ground after reaching third final January 23, 2014

    Melbourne: Li Na will hope to keep her head in check and feet on the ground during her third Australian Open final after her coach Carlos Rodriguez helped calm her for a thumping victory over teenager Eugenie Bouchard in the semi-finals on Thursday. Runner-up last year and in 2011, the battle-hardened...
  • Believe in me, I always did: Eugenie Bouchard January 23, 2014

    Melbourne: Eugenie Bouchard's Australian Open semi-final defeat at the hands of Chinese veteran Li Na would only provide her with a further springboard to greater success, the teenager said on Thursday. The promising 19-year-old stormed into the semi-finals at Melbourne Park with an aggressive style of tennis that won her a...
  • Li Na, Cibulkova to meet in Australian Open final January 23, 2014

    Melbourne: Li Na has advanced to her third Australian Open final and will have to beat Dominika Cibulkova to win her first title at Melbourne Park. No. 4-seeded Li won the first give games to set up a 6-2, 6-4 win over 19-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in the first semifinal...
  • China's Li Na races into semis of Australian Open January 21, 2014

    Melbourne: China's Li Na wasted little time in advancing to her fourth Australian Open semi-final with a seemingly effortless 6-2 6-2 demolition of Flavia Pennetta on Tuesday. The 31-year-old, who has reached two of the last three finals at Melbourne Park, blasted the 28th-seeded Italian off the court in 66 minutes...
  • Li Na through to Australian Open quarter-finals January 19, 2014

    Melbourne: Two-time finalist Li Na has advanced to the Australian Open quarter-finals for the third time in four years with a 6-2, 6-0 win in just 59 minutes over Ekaterina Makarova on Sunday. No. 4 Li, who broke No. 22-seeded Marakova's serve five times, lost to Victoria Azarenka in the 2013...
  • Li Na advances to fourth round at Australian Open January 17, 2014

    Melbourne: Two-time finalist Li Na broke Lucie Safarova's serve in the second set when the Czech player was serving for the match and came back for a 1-6, 7-6 (2), 6-3 win in the third round of the Australian Open on Friday. The victory came despite an out-of-sorts Li serving inconsistently...
  • Media problems led to retirement thoughts: Li Na January 15, 2014

    Melbourne: Li Na is known for her cheeky banter and light-hearted humour with the English-language media. Her relationship with certain members of the Chinese media, though, is slightly more contentious - and last year may have contributed to her contemplating retirement. On the eve of this year's Australian Open, the 31-year-old Chinese...
  • Li Na lays down marker on opening day at Australian Open January 13, 2014

    Melbourne: China's Li Na started the Australian Open like a woman on a mission on Monday by brutally dispatching Croatian teenager Ana Konjuh 6-2 6-0 in just over an hour. Another former grand slam champion, though, bid an early farewell to the tournament when American Venus Williams blew a 3-0 lead...
  • Li Na confident of going a step further in Australian Open January 11, 2014

    Melbourne: No. 3 seed Li Na of China is confident of going a step further in this year's Australian Open after twisting her left ankle twice and losing to Victortia Azarenka in last year's final. "I had a very good year last year. I'm wishing I can do really well, even...
  • Serena Williams beats Li Na for WTA title October 27, 2013

    Istanbul: Serena Williams ended her best season in style, rallying past Li Na 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 on Sunday for her second straight WTA Championship and 11th title of the year. She became the first player to successfully defend the WTA title since Justine Henin in 2007. This was Williams' fourth WTA Championship....