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Tennis: China's Li digs deep against young Swiss

Published on Jan 15, 2014 10:05 AM
 
Li Na of China celebrating her win over Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in their women's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne on Jan 15, 2014. The Chinese fourth seed was forced to dig deep against teenage opponent before blasting past the promising Swiss qualifier in straight sets. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

MELBOURNE (AFP) - Chinese fourth seed Li Na was forced to dig deep against teenager Belinda Bencic at the Australian Open on Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014, before blasting past the promising Swiss qualifier in straight sets.

With the temperature hitting 38 deg C before the pair even stepped on court at 11.00am, Li booked a third round berth with a 6-0, 7-6 (7/5) victory in 80 minutes.

While the first set was a breeze, the second was a serious workout for the Chinese star who has made the final at Melbourne Park twice before, including last year when she lost to Victoria Azarenka.

"It was a little bit warm out there," said Li. "I am pretty happy. At least I won the match and am still in the tournament."

 
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