Li Na overcomes late scare to reach second round at China Open

The world number five overcame a late surge from her opponent Daniela Hantuchova to register a 6-0, 6-4 victory.

updated: September 29, 2013 17:21 IST
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Beijing: Li Na won her tricky first-round tie at the China Open Sunday, overcoming a late surge from her opponent Daniela Hantuchova which sent jitters through the home crowd.

The world number five opened her bid to claim her biggest title on home soil in stunning fashion by winning every game in the first set, much to the enjoyment of the crowd at Beijing's National Tennis Centre.

Hantuchova did not get on the scoreboard until the hour mark, with the 2011 French Open singles champion cruising at 4-0 in the second set and seemingly in command.

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