Inspired Li Na powers into US Open last 16

Li Na has let nothing distract her this week, least of all a mistranslation in the Chinese media of a New York Times profile on Li that wrongly indicated she had taken the banned substance testosterone.

updated: August 31, 2013 09:30 IST
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New York: Chinese fifth seed Li Na avenged the loss that eliminated her from last year's US Open with a 6-2, 7-5 triumph over British teen Laura Robson on Friday and powering her way into the fourth round.

Li, the 2011 French Open winner, smashed 11 aces to move within a victory of matching her best run ever on the Flushing Meadows hardcourts, a 2009 berth in the quarter-finals.

The 31-year-old from Wuhan was upset by Robson in last year's third round but connected on 65 percent of her first serves and won all nine points when she came to the net, dictating the tempo for most of the match.

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