Li Na eyes extended spell at top-flight

Li overcame Agnieszka Radwanska and Maria Sharapova on her impressive run to the final in Australia, where she twisted her ankle twice and briefly blacked out before losing to Victoria Azarenka in three sets.

updated: January 31, 2013 18:14 IST
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Hong Kong: China's Australian Open finalist Li Na said Thursday she is confident she can use her hard-won experience to hold off the emerging generation of players as she chases more Grand Slam glory.

The former French Open champion came up short against world number one Victoria Azarenka in the final of the year's first major in Melbourne in January but predicts another two years at the top of the women's game.

Turning 31 in February, Li is roughly the same age as America's 15-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, which counts as old in a sport packed with aspiring youngsters.

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