Indian Wells: Vanquished top seed Li Na's warm hug for Flavia Pennetta on Friday after the Italian beat her in the semi-finals at Indian Wells had plenty of history behind it. The tennis rivals were born just one day apart -- China's Li on February 26 and Pennetta on February 25 in 1982 -- and Li said she feels a kinship with the Italian who is still hard at it on the WTA Tour.
"You know, she's only one day older than me," Li said. "It's not easy over 30 still play on the tour."
The two first played each other in an International Tennis Federation tournament in Italy back in 2000. "It was like a huge, long history," said Li, who was catapulted to stardom when she became the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam tournament at the 2011 French open.