The 2011 year will be remembered as a landmark year in Li Na’s career, as the Chinese clinched her first Grand Slam title at the French Open. However, the way she finished her participation at the season-ending WTA Championships, where only the best eight singles players from the season compete, should be forgotten. Li suffered the biggest loss in three years, falling to Samantha Stosur with a horrible scoreline of 6-1 6-0 in 66 minutes. In 2008 in Berlin Li lost to Nadia Petrova by the same scoreline.
Li has never defeated Stosur in their six meetings, four of which were in 2011, but today’s defeat is the worst of the six. Just four winners and 32 unforced errors from a recent Grand Slam champion. Must be tough.
The US Open titlists Stosur has now reached her second semifinals at the WTA Championships. Last year she lost to eventual champion Kim Clijsters. This time Stosur’s semifinal obstacle will be Petra Kvitova.