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Tennis: Li says she has learnt from China Open mistakes

Published on Oct 1, 2012 2:14 PM
 
Li Na of China hits a return to Francesca Schiavone of Italy during their match at The China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on Sept 30, 2012. Li has said she has learnt from the mistakes of her disastrous China Open last year and no longer feels the pressure of playing in her home tournament. -- PHOTO: AFP

BEIJING, Oct 1, 2012 (AFP) - Asia's top women's player Li Na has said she has learnt from the mistakes of her disastrous China Open last year and no longer feels the pressure of playing in her home tournament.

The 2011 French Open champion was a relieved woman after brushing aside fellow former Roland Garros winner Francesca Schiavone in the Beijing tournament's first round - a year after a humiliating defeat at the same stage.

"I don't think people can make the same mistakes. Last year I came to the China Open after the Grand Slam title and I think all the audiences and myself gave too much pressure to me," the 30-year-old said.

"I experienced the Grand Slam title and failure afterwards. So I will not think it a big thing anymore," added Li, who has never won the China Open.

 
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