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Li Na becomes first Chinese to reach US Open semis (Roundup)
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Li Na becomes first Chinese to reach US Open semis (Roundup)

Sep 4 2013, 3:26am CDT | by IANS

New York, Sep 4 (IANS) Fifth seed Li Na of China beat Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2 to become the first Chinese player to reach US Open semi-finals.

New York, Sep 4 — Fifth seed Li Na of China beat Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2 to become the first Chinese player to reach US Open semi-finals. "I always try to be the first one,"...

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Li Na becomes first Chinese to reach US Open semis (Roundup)

Sep 4 2013, 3:26am CDT | by IANS

New York, Sep 4 (IANS) Fifth seed Li Na of China beat Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2 to become the first Chinese player to reach US Open semi-finals.

New York, Sep 4 — Fifth seed Li Na of China beat Russian Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 6-7 (7-5), 6-2 to become the first Chinese player to reach US Open semi-finals.

"I always try to be the first one," said Li after the match Tuesday. "Of course, the first time in US Open semis, it's exciting. I am really proud of myself."

By advancing into the semifinals, Li refreshed her personal US Open record, reports Xinhua.

The world number six is enjoying one of the best seasons in her career, making quarter-finals in three of the four Grand Slams, the first time for the 31-year-old. She has also reached at least the semi-final stage for three straight WTA tournaments including in Toronto and Cincinnati.

"There were some ups and downs in my previous seasons, and this year I have more consistency," said Li.

Li, well known for her hot temper among Chinese fans, moved in Tuesday's match without losing a single set. She had previously played Makarova for three times, winning all of them.

Li held her serve to level the first set until 3-3, and managed to break in the seventh game thanks to a couple of unforced errors from Makarova. Neither player was able to break in the remainder of the set, ensuring Li takes the lead in the match.

Both players suffered from ups and downs in the second set. They finished with six breaks (three for each) to enter the tiebreaker. Li was leading 3-0 in the tiebreak, but the double fault disturbed her pace. Makarova took advantage to take the tiebreak 7-5.

The final set stood in favour of Li as the top Chinese singles player won four straight games after 2-2 to end the match.

"I was feeling so nervous, from the beginning of the match until the end of the match," said Li.

Li will next face world number one Serena Williams, who won 12 consecutive games to beat Spaniard Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-0.

"If you only think about your opponent, of course, you already lose the match before you step onto the court," said Li.

In another women's singles quarterfinal, the second seed Victoria Azarenka needed three sets to beat Ana Ivanovic 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Former world number one Lleyton Hewitt lost 6-3, 3-6, 6-7 (7-3), 6-4, 7-5 to Russian Mikhail Youzhny in a round of 16 match, which lasted 3 hours 58 minutes.

Hewitt, who outclassed sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro in an even longer five-set thriller in the second round, was favoured to win again when the fifth set went to 5-5, but Youzhny broke the Australian before eventually winning on his second match point.

Youzhny will play world number one Novak Djokovic, who eliminated Marcel Granollers 6-3, 6-0, 6-0.

Third seed Andy Murray came back from one set down to beat Denis Istomin 6-7, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4, to set up a quarter-final against ninth seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who downed number five seed Thomas Berdych 3-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-2.

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Li Na out of US Open with knee injury

Jul 31 2014 10:34am CDT | Source: http://feeds.bbci.co.uk/sport/0/tennis/rss.xml

Two-time Grand Slam title winner Li Na of China is ruled out of next month's US Open with a knee inju ...
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Li Na pulls out of Rogers Cup, U.S. Open

Jul 31 2014 10:20am CDT | Source: CBC Sports

Two-time major champion Li Na pulled out of the U.S. Open and Rogers Cup on Thursday because of a knee injury which she said has bothered her for ...
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Knee injury forces Li Na to withdraw from U.S. Open

Jul 31 2014 9:17am CDT | Source: globeandmail

Two-time major champion also withdrawing from hard-court events in Montreal and ...
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Na withdraws from Rogers Cup, Cinci, U.S. Open

Jul 31 2014 8:53am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Li Na has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup in Montreal, the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and the U.S. Open due to a knee injury. World No.2 Li Na withdraws from @CoupeRogers, @CincyTennis & @USOpen with knee injury–> http://t.co/oV8ZnsdKTA #WTA pic.twitter.com/mNceHDqiZh — WTA (@WTA) July 31, 2014 The 32-year-old has won nine WTA singles titles including two grand slam singles titles at the 2011 French Open and 2014 A ...
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Na withdraws from Rogers Cup, Cinci, U.S. Open

Jul 31 2014 8:53am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Li Na has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup in Montreal, the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and the U.S. Open due to a knee injury. World No.2 Li Na withdraws from @CoupeRogers, @CincyTennis & @USOpen with knee injury–> http://t.co/oV8ZnsdKTA #WTA pic.twitter.com/mNceHDqiZh — WTA (@WTA) July 31, 2014 The 32-year-old has won nine WTA singles titles including two grand slam singles titles at the 2011 French Open and 2014 Australian Open. N ...
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Serena back to winning ways

Jul 31 2014 5:20am CDT | Source: espnstar.com

Serena Williams enjoyed an overdue taste of victory as she beat Karolina Pliskova in her opening match at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford on Wednesday ...
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Genie Army to invade Montreal for Rogers Cup

Jul 29 2014 11:19am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MONTREAL — They’re armed with T-shirts, face paint and posters — and they’re headed to Montreal. Founding members of the Genie Army, a group of Eugenie Bouchard supporters who cheered for the rising tennis star during the Australian Open in January, will be in the city for the Rogers Cup, beginning this weekend. The fan club is made up of about a dozen people and six of them are making the long journey to Canada for the tournament. "We thou ...
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3 days ago

Genie Army to invade Montreal for Rogers Cup

Jul 29 2014 11:19am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MONTREAL — They’re armed with T-shirts, face paint and posters — and they’re headed to Montreal. Founding members of the Genie Army, a group of Eugenie Bouchard supporters who cheered for the rising tennis star during the Australian Open in January, will be in the city for the Rogers Cup, beginning this weekend. The fan club is made up of about a dozen people and six of them are making the long journey to Canada for the tournament. "We thought it would be a great chance to support Genie in ...
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3 days ago

Genie Army to invade Montreal for Rogers Cup

Jul 29 2014 11:19am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

MONTREAL — They’re armed with T-shirts, face paint and posters — and they’re headed to Montreal. Founding members of the Genie Army, a group of Eugenie Bouchard supporters who cheered for the rising tennis star during the Australian Open in January, will be in the city for the Rogers Cup, beginning this weekend. The fan club is made up of about a dozen people and six of them are making the long journey to Canada for the tournament. "We thought it would be a great cha ...
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