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Topic - Li Na
Williams lost 5-7, 7-6 (2), 7-5 to 2011 Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova. The length of the match was no surprise — the sixth-seeded Kvitova, who broke No. 30 Williams for the first time in the last game of the 2 hour, 30-minute match, had won three of the four previous matches and all had gone to three sets.
Much to her dismay, Li Na is familiar with this feeling.
Li Na lost her opening match at the French Open on Tuesday, the second reigning Australian Open champion to fall in the first round at this year's tournament.
Li Na lost her first Grand Slam match since winning the title in Melbourne, falling to Kristina Mladenovic of France 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 on Tuesday. The loss came a day after men's Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka was eliminated in the first round.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal gave his clay-court doldrums a boost by reaching the Madrid Open semifinals on Friday with a dominant performance against Thomas Berdych.
Second-ranked Li Na started her Madrid Open campaign by overcoming a stubborn opponent just as third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska did to reach the second round on Monday.
The celebration began with a series of happy hops that propelled Serena Williams across the court. Soon she was twirling, waving, laughing and mugging for the cameras - a familiar ritual by a perennial champion.
For the first time in four years, Novak Djokovic is without a big title to start the year. Or any title.
Roger Federer beat Kevin Anderson 7-5, 6-1 Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open, where the Swiss star has yet to drop a set in four matches.
Li Na set a record for Asian players by rising to a career-high No. 2 in the WTA rankings released Monday, while her compatriot Peng Shuai ensured another first for China by ascending to the top ranking in doubles.
Seven months after giving retirement serious thought, Li Na made it third time lucky in an Australian Open final with a 7-6 (3), 6-0 win over Dominika Cibulkova to become the oldest women's champion here in the Open era.
Li Na beats Dominika Cibulkova to win Australian Open women's title .
When Li Na thinks back to her first Australian Open final, she doesn't recall feeling nervous. Just very excited.
This will be Li Na's third time in the Australian Open final and her goal, she half-jokes, is to not fall down. For Dominika Cibulkova, the game plan is to enjoy the moment that she describes as a beautiful dream coming true.
Even in a Grand Slam as unpredictable as this year's Australian Open, the names in the women's semifinals may still prompt head-scratching among casual followers of tennis.
"I think I made a wrong decision, I needed to play some matches before the big one," said Li, who failed to convert a set point in the second set.