Li Na overcomes Kerber at the WTA Championships in Istanbul

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After her heroics in Wednesday’s over three hour match against Vika Azarenka, which Azarenka won 6-4 in the deciding set, Angelique Kerber was back on court on Thursday, less than 24 hours after her epic match in which she gave her all in a spectacular demonstration of her power tennis at its best. Up against Na Li, who lost to Serena Williams in her first match of the tournament in a very unremarkable match full of errors on both sides of the net, both players had to win to progress in the round robin format. If Li lost, she would be out, but because Kerber won a set in her first match, she still had a chance to go further.

In the first three games neither player held serve, but Kerber did in the 4th to lead 3-1, but then games went with serve until Li broke back to level at 4-4 and then held for 5-4. Kerber, serving to stay in the set, tried valiantly to defend, but with Li on a roll and her serve deserting her, the Chinese took the set 6-4.

In the second set Li went 2-0 up to extend her run of games to six before Kerber got on the scoreboard to trail 1-2. Li then went to 3-1 4-1 and 5-1 but, when serving for the set, Kerber, who was missing the amazing shots which all found the lines in yesterday match against Azarenka, suddenly came alive again and broke to 2-5 and then held for 3-5, but that was a last gasp effort, as Li served out again to seal the match and did so in style, with an ace at 40-0 to take game, set and match and keep her hopes alive in the Red Group.


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