Tennis: China's Li digs deep against young Swiss
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."