Thursday January 3, 2013
China’s Li Na cruises into Shenzhen Open quarter-finals
BEIJING: Chinese tennis star Li Na cruised through to the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open yesterday with a straight sets victory over American Julia Cohen.
The 2011 French Open singles winner and top seed took one hour and 34 minutes to defeat Cohen 6-3, 6-4.
The Chinese number one will face eighth seed Bojana Jovanovski, from Serbia, in the next round.
Li Na’s compatriot Zhou Yimiao also powered through to the quarter-finals with a hard-fought 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 victory over Chang Kai-chen from Taiwan.
She will face Romania’s Monica Niculescu, who disposed of British teenager Laura Robson in their second-round match on Tuesday.
The Shenzhen Open – carrying total prize money of US$500,000 – is being played for the first time as tennis expands in China on the back of Li Na’s huge popularity. — AFP