Na Li still strong, reaches Gold Coast final


Na Li is playing her first tournament since late June in Birmingham, and her marvelous comeback continues. The Chinese woman advanced to the final of the Mondial Australian Women’s Hardcourts with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win over fourth-seeded Patty Schnyder of Switzerland.

Earlier in this Tier III tournament, Li saw off seventh-seeded Sybille Bammer, as well as top-seeded Nicole Vaidisova.

The 25-year-old Li, currently ranked 29th in the world, declared she aims to return to the very top: “I want to be in the top 10. I feel stronger mentally. A new Li Na has come back. I feel fresh.”

In the final, Na Li will play Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who beat fifth-seeded Shahar Peer of Israel 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals.


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