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Li Na Rolls into Australian Open Third Round

(CRI Online)

08:38, January 17, 2013

We start with the Australian Open, where it is China's own Li Na powering her way past Olga Govortsova in straight set advancing to the third round for the fourth consecutive year.

The 2011 French Open champion had a comfortable start, but faced two break points for 2-5 and a set point at 3-5 in the second set, before the 2010 semi-finalist here reeled off four games in a row to close out the win in an hour and 22 minutes.

Final score there 6-2, 7-5.

Another Chinese player Zheng Jie is through as well after defeating Samantha Stosur in three sets. Stosur twice served for the match victory but was unable to come through both times.

Maria Sharapova meanwhile,breezing through to the third round after downing Misaki Doi of Japan

The number two seed needed just 47 minutes to whitewash her opponent 6-0, 6-0.

Elsewhere, the fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanksa defeating Irina-Camelia Begu, while Angelique Kerber has no issues with her opponent Lucie Hradecka.

"I just look from round to round. I think the second week will be a good thing, but, I mean, it's the first Grand Slam and every player plays very well. I will just give my best, and we will see how far we will go."

Meanwhile, on the men's side it is the fourth seed David Ferrer moving on to the third round after defeating Tim Smyczek.

Others advancing on the day, Tomas Berdych, Nicolas Almagro and Kei Nishikori.

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