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The Chinese star was almost out of this year’s tournament, as well, saving a match point against Lucie Safarova in the third round. Since then, however, she’s appeared more focused on court, dropping just six games in her last two matches.

The wild card is Bouchard. Li, who will be 32 next month, is 12 years older than the Canadian and has won their only previous meeting, but Bouchard is a rising talent with nothing to lose. She likes her chances in a tournament as topsy-turvy as this one.

“I think some players can still lose on any given day and it still makes it extremely interesting,” she said. “I’m feeling confident and just excited to play.”