Li Na

  • Serena Williams beats Li Na for Sony Open title 30-03-2014 09:07 AM

    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...
  • Williams, Li set up enticing Miami showdown 28-03-2014 11:56 AM

    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...
  • Li Na cruises past Wozniacki in Miami, enters semis 27-03-2014 08:37 AM

    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...
  • Li Na rallies past Madison Keys in 3rd round at Sony Open 23-03-2014 11:40 PM

    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...
  • Venus Williams through to third round, Li handed walkover in Miami 22-03-2014 10:44 AM

    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...
  • Li, Pennetta and Dolgopolov make Indian Wells semis 14-03-2014 09:53 AM

    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...
  • Top seed Li ousted in Qatar Open third round 13-02-2014 10:23 PM

    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...
  • Cibulkova to play Fed Cup for Slovakia 29-01-2014 10:55 PM

    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...
  • Australian Open is my favourite Grand Slam: Li Na 28-01-2014 09:19 PM

    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 26-01-2014 09:26 AM

    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...
  • Li Na wins the Australian Open 2014 women's singles title 25-01-2014 03:40 PM

    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 24-01-2014 11:05 AM

    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...
  • Li Na's feet on the ground after reaching third final 23-01-2014 03:49 PM

    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...
  • Believe in me, I always did: Eugenie Bouchard 23-01-2014 01:32 PM

    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...
  • Li Na, Cibulkova to meet in Australian Open final 23-01-2014 10:06 AM

    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 21-01-2014 08:40 AM

    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...
  • Li Na through to Australian Open quarter-finals 19-01-2014 08:49 AM

    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...
  • Li Na advances to fourth round at Australian Open 17-01-2014 10:25 AM

    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...
  • Media problems led to retirement thoughts: Li Na 15-01-2014 04:50 PM

    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...
  • Li Na lays down marker on opening day at Australian Open 13-01-2014 10:06 AM

    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...
  • Li Na confident of going a step further in Australian Open 11-01-2014 02:49 PM

    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,...
  • Serena Williams beats Li Na for WTA title 27-10-2013 11:25 PM

    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...
  • Ailing Serena rallies, makes WTA final against Li Na 26-10-2013 10:57 PM

    Istanbul: Serena Williams, in obvious discomfort and walking slowly during changeovers, struggled past Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 on Saturday and will play Li Na in the final of the WTA Championships. Li advanced to her first WTA Championships final by sweeping 2011 winner Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2, setting up...
  • Li Na reaches WTA Championships final 26-10-2013 08:28 PM

    Istanbul: Li Na advanced to her first WTA Championships final by sweeping past 2011 winner Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday. With the victory in the semi-final, Li will rise to a career-high No. 3 ranking, a jump of two places. She will play for the title Sunday against the...
  • Petra Kvitova joins Li Na in WTA Championships semi-finals 26-10-2013 09:29 AM

    Istanbul: Li Na swept past the ailing Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-1 to earn a place in the semi-finals of the WTA Championships at the expense of the second-ranked Australian Open champion on Friday. The fourth-seeded Li will play 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, who came from behind to beat Angelique Kerber...
  • Victoria Azarenka out of WTA Championships in Istanbul 25-10-2013 09:26 PM

    Istanbul: Li Na swept past the ailing Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-1 on Friday to earn a place in the semi-finals of the WTA Championships and knock out the second-ranked Australian Open champion. Azarenka hurt her back while serving in the sixth game of the first set and was clearly in...
  • Li Na beats Jelena Jankovic at WTA Championships 24-10-2013 11:24 PM

    Istanbul: Li Na outlasted former doubles partner Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 on Thursday for her second victory in two matches at the WTA Championships. The key to the error-filled match full of long rallies was Li's break of serve in the third set for a 4-3 lead. The fourth-seeded...
  • Li Na edges Errani, advances at WTA Championships 23-10-2013 10:25 PM

    Istanbul: Li Na opened her WTA Championship campaign with a 6-3, 7-6 (5) victory over Sara Errani on Wednesday. Errani also lost her opening match on Tuesday to Victoria Azarenka and likely will be eliminated. Li trailed 3-1 in the second set but won the next four games - and...
  • Li Na, Rafael Nadal win at China Open 02-10-2013 10:43 PM

    Beijing: Li Na reached the quarter-finals of the China Open by edging Sabine Lisicki 7-5, 6-4 on Wednesday. In men's play, Rafael Nadal, aiming to end Noavk Djokovic's run of 100 weeks at the top of ATP ranking, beat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 7-6 (3) to move into the third...
  • China Open: Li Na eases past Hantuchova 29-09-2013 03:53 PM

    Beijing: Chinese No.1 Li Na was hardly tested in the opening round of the China Open as she swept past Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia in straight sets here on Sunday. The World No.5 needed just an hour and 30 minutes to defeat the Slovakian 6-0, 6-4, reports Xinhua. The first...