Sydney: Defending champion Li Na and No. 3-ranked Victoria Azarenka advanced to the semifinals with straight sets wins Wednesday at the Sydney International, a key lead up tournament for the Australian Open.
Li, who reached the Australian Open final last year and then won the French Open, had a 6-2, 7-6 (3) win over Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic. She will now play Petra Kvitova. (Also read: Kvitova battles past Hantuchova)
"Of course I'm feeling good," Li said. "I won in Sydney last year and this year I'm in the semis. It's just the beginning of the year, and I'm feeling much, much stronger."