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Topic - Sofia Arvidsson
The fifth-seeded Li defeated Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson 6-2, 6-2 in the day's first match. Shortly afterward, heavy rain came and Li's only concern was finding an umbrella to cover herself on the walk to the car.
Thanks to the rain and the schedule makers, Serena Williams got an unexpected day off Wednesday at the U.S. Open.
Maria Sharapova withdrew from the Brisbane International on Tuesday because of an injured right collarbone that left her unable to serve. She said she didn't want to aggravate the injury with the Australian Open two weeks away.
Serena Williams will face fellow American Varvara Lepchenko in the first round of the Brisbane International and could play local hope Samantha Stosur in the quarterfinals.
A week before the start of the U.S. Open, Ana Ivanovic couldn't walk without pain in her right foot.
"It's tough for them," she said, referring to the 58 players who still had singles matches to complete Wednesday. "For me, just relax all day and do whatever I want."
She said she had a touch of insomnia after arriving in Australia, and was awake listening to the New Year's Eve fireworks on Monday but not able to join the celebrations.