Kvitova and Li Na to clash in China Open quarter-finals

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Melbourne 27th January 2010 Na LI (CHN) China's Li Na has pulled off a major upset, defeating No.6 seed Venus Williams 2-6 7-6 (7-4) 7-5 to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open. Photo Ray Giubilo


In typical fashion 9th seed Petra Kvitova (Player Profile) went to three sets against 5th seed Sara Errani (Player Profile) in the first of the third round matches on Wednesday. It took the Czech almost two and a half hours to wrap up a 6-3 6-7 (7-3) 6-3 victory. After having taken the first set with relative ease, she lost the plot against the wily Italian when she was 3-1 up – and then Errani took all her chances to take the second set breaker 7-3 and force a decider, which was when the Czech got herself together and again took the set easily.

In Wednesday’s night match, 4th seed Na Li (Player Profile) followed Kvitova into the quarters when she won against 13th seed Sabine Lisicki (Player Profile) in a very hard fought match. The final score was 7-5 6-4. Lisicki’s great serve and huge forehand got her out of trouble throughout the match and she even had two game points on Li’s serve to level at 5-5 in the final set, but Li hung strong and wrapped up the set after saving both break points.

8th seed Jelena Jankovic surged into the quarters with a double bagel win over Carla Suarez Navarro in less than an hour. Going into the match, the Serb held a 4-2 head to head lead, but with their rankings so close – 11 and 15 respectively – a much closer match was anticipated. Her quarter final opponent will be Lucie Safarova.


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