Li Na is destined for more grand slams and a place in the Hall of Fame after the Australian Open win cemented her position as the most influential female player of the last decade, says former great Chris Evert.Tuesday, 28 January, 2014, 11:50pm 1 comment
China’s Li Na weathered a feisty challenge from Dominika Cibulkova before roaring to a 7-6 (7-3) 6-0 victory to win the Australian Open on Saturday.
Struggling with her serve and an errant forehand in a tight first set, the fourth seed Li found her range in devastating fashion to notch six straight games on a cool, breezy night at Rod Laver Arena.25 Jan 2014 - 8:58pm 2 comments
Serena Williams’ long winning streak came to an end in a stunning fourth-round defeat to Ana Ivanovic at the Australian Open on Sunday.19 Jan 2014 - 1:26pm
Roger Federer said his grand slam revival was well underway Saturday as he smoothly reached week two at the Australian Open, but Maria Sharapova admitted she had to improve or go out.18 Jan 2014 - 2:26pm
Hong Kong tennis fans were left disappointed yesterday when Li Na withdrew from next Monday's showdown with Danish star Caroline Wozniacki because of the ankle injury she sustained in last month's Australian Open final.28 Feb 2013 - 8:49am
Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield stood toe to toe again - only this time there were hugs and smiles, and no bites to the ear. Instead, they were like old friends meeting in a supermarket, which is what they did.18 Feb 2013 - 3:15am
Shin Ji-yai of South Korea and 15-year-old amateur Lydia Ko both shot three-under 70 yesterday to surge six shots clear heading into the final day of the Women's Australian Open.17 Feb 2013 - 4:41am
As the temperatures sweltered through the 30s, Li's battle with world No 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in the final of the Australian Open had tennis fans at the edge of their seats as it stretched across three tense sets.3 Feb 2013 - 4:00am
In years past, Novak Djokovic marked his victories at the Australian Open with rowdy late-night celebrations, followed by bleary-eyed photo shoots the next morning. This year's win made history but inspired a more sober reaction.29 Jan 2013 - 5:36am
Li Na did her best to put a positive spin on Saturday's loss to Victoria Azarenka, claiming it may be a good omen after she also lost the 2011 Melbourne final before triumphing in Paris.28 Jan 2013 - 4:36am
Andy Murray showed his new mental strength after blowing the chance to serve out his Australian Open semi-final against Roger Federer yesterday by demolishing the Swiss in the fifth set.
The 25-year-old Briton had been two points away from a final against Novak Djokovic when serving at 6-5 in the fourth set only for Federer to force a tiebreak and then a decider.26 Jan 2013 - 4:16am
A smiling Li Na has pledged simply to enjoy her tennis after earning a second shot at the Australian Open title, two years after being outgunned by Kim Clijsters.
The Chinese world No 6 said she did not feel the pressure of 2011, when she reached her first grand slam final at Melbourne Park and raised expectations to stratospheric levels in her home country.25 Jan 2013 - 3:13am
China’s Li Na stormed into the final of the Australian Open on Thursday with a straight-sets upset win over Maria Sharapova, leaving her one victory away from her second major title.
Li, 30, defeated the world number two 6-2, 6-2 in 1hr 33min and will now meet the winner of Thursday’s second semi-final between world number one Victoria Azarenka and American teenager Sloane Stephens.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
The 25-year-old player from Scotland is attempting to win a second consecutive Grand Slam after a breakthrough year that included wins at the London Olympics and the US Open.25 Jan 2013 - 2:55pm
Defending champion Novak Djokovic will face another test of his extraordinary fitness when he takes on Spanish terrier David Ferrer for a place in the Australian Open final today.24 Jan 2013 - 5:08am