The second day of the WTA Championships 2013 in Istanbul will feature a variety of interesting matches including the first match on court today afternoon between Chinese No. 1 Li Na (Player Profile) and Sara Errani (Player Profile). Errani will be looking to claim her first win over Li after going 0-5 against her on the tour. It will be a tough task for the Italian, who injured her calf muscle in her earlier match against World No. 2 Victoria Azarenka. Check out the Li Na v Errani Head to Head.
Sara Errani had a promising start against Victoria Azarenka in her opening match, staying surprisingly competitive with a clearly rusty Azarenka to take a 5-2 lead in the first set. She eventually lost the set in a close tiebreak. Early in the second set, the Italian No. 1 suffered a leg injury, dropping the set 6-2 and was even in possible risk of withdrawing from the tournament and making room for alternate Caroline Wozniacki.
Li Na has had arguably one of the best years of her entire career as she reached her third Grand Slam final this year as well as the US Open semi-finals and maintained a place in the top 6 in the WTA rankings for the entire season. She is coming off a quarter-final loss to Petra Kvitova in Beijing and will be looking for strong performances in the round robin stage in the year-end championships. Her other two opponents in her group are Jelena Jankovic, who she holds a 5-4 head-to-head advantage and Victoria Azarenka, who defeated her in the finals of the Australian Open earlier this year. Na has compiled a 40-13 overall record this season.
The last time these two competitors met on the tour was in Montreal in 2012, where Na breezed through the match with relative ease. Errani is yet to take a set of the Chinese No. 1 in their five outings to date, and has never won more than six games in a match against Li. Considering the injury she suffered earlier today, it is highly unlikely that this match will be any different to their previous encounters.
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