China's Li Na battles into Australian Open third round

The 30-year-old Li has been in impressive form this year as she searches for her second Grand Slam title, winning the inaugural Shenzhen Open and reaching the semi-finals of the Sydney International.

updated: January 16, 2013 10:32 IST
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Melbourne: China's top player Li Na battled into the third round of the Australian Open on Wednesday but she was put through her paces by Olga Govortsova before clinching a straight-sets victory.

The former French Open winner, among the leading contenders at Melbourne Park, rallied past the Belarusian 6-2, 7-5 in 82 minutes and next plays either Czech Kristyna Pliskova or Romania's Sorana Cirstea.

If Li gets through that encounter she faces a potential fourth round clash with local hope and ninth seed Samantha Stosur.

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