Li Na needed 11 match points to put away Aleksandra Wozniak and book an Indian Wells clash with Dominika Cibulkova, the woman she beat in the Australian Open final. China's Li, the world number two and top seed in the $12 million combined ATP and WTA tournament, defeated Canada's Wozniak 6-1, 6-4 on Wednesday to secure her quarter-final berth.
She steamed through the opening set in 32 minutes, but needed another hour to finally wrap up the second set against a player whose ranking has tumbled to 241st as she was sidelined by injury.
All 11 of Li's match points came in the final game, with two break points for Wozniak mixed in. "Welcome to the crazy women's tennis tour," Li said. "The funny thing is, beginning of the game I was feeling tight, nervous, and then I was feeling like what's going on? Why can't I finish the match? But she never gave up, she tried to defend every point. Yeah, it was a little bit tedious in the last game."