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Federer, Murray cruise through Miami sweatshop

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns to Thiemo de Bakker, of the Netherlands, at the Sony Open tennis tournament in Key Biscayne, Fla., Sunday, March 23, 2014. AP

Two-time winner Roger Federer and defending champion Andy Murray eased into the fourth round of the ATP and WTA Miami Masters, producing efficient wins in heat and humidity Sunday.

Posted: March 24th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Indian Wells: Li sets up quarter-final rematch with Cibulkova

Li Na, left, of China, shakes hands with Aleksandra Wozniak, of Canada, after Li's 6-1, 6-4 win in a match at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Indian Wells, Calif. AP

Li Na needed 11 match points to put away Aleksandra Wozniak on Tuesday and book an Indian Wells clash with Dominika Cibulkova, the woman she beat in the Australian Open final.

Posted: March 12th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Li Na moves to No. 2; Peng tops doubles rankings

Li Na AP FILE PHOTO

Li Na set a record for Asian players by rising to a career-high No. 2 in the WTA rankings released Monday, while her compatriot Peng Shuai ensured another first for China by ascending to the top ranking in doubles.

Posted: February 17th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Li Na wins 1st match after Australian Open triumph

Li Na of China returns the ball to Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia during the third day of the WTA Qatar Ladies Open in Doha, Qatar,Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. AP

Top-seeded Li Na, playing her first match since winning the Australian Open last month, beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in the second round at the Qatar Open on Wednesday.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

China fury over $132,000 gov’t bonus for Li Na

China's Li Na poses for photos at Brighton Beach with her Australian Open trophy following her win over Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Chinese official media and web users poured scorn on local government officials Wednesday after they gave multi-millionaire tennis star Li Na an 800,000 yuan ($132,000) reward for winning the Australian Open.

Posted: January 29th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Multimedia,Photos,Photos and Videos | Read More »

Stosur backs Chinese star Li to reach number one

Li Na of China. AP FILE PHOTO

Former US Open champion Sam Stosur Tuesday backed Li Na to reach top spot in the world rankings, after the Chinese sensation’s Australian Open victory.

Posted: January 28th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Li Na, Cibulkova to meet in Australian Open final

Li Na of China celebrates after defeating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. AP

Li Na has advanced to her third Australian Open final and will have to beat Dominika Cibulkova to win her first title at Melbourne Park.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Li beats Bouchard to make Aussie Open final

Li Na of China. AP FILE PHOTO

China’s Li Na swept into her second consecutive Australian Open final on Thursday, using her experience to brush aside Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets.

Posted: January 23rd, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

Li Na barges into Aussie Open semis

Li Na of China. AP FILE PHOTO

China’s tennis star Li Na powered her way into the semifinals of the Australian Open by beating Flavia Pennetta of Italy Tuesday.

Posted: January 21st, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Record-setting Williams, Li advance in Melbourne

Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Serena Williams smashed the 39-year-old record for Australian Open wins on Friday as she powered into the fourth round closely followed by China’s Li Na on another scorching day in Melbourne.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Williams sets Australian mark with 3rd-round win

Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia in their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014.(AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Serena Williams got on and off court as quickly as she could in the scorching heat Friday, registering yet another record with match win No. 61 at the Australian Open as she advanced to the fourth round with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Daniela Hantuchova.

Posted: January 17th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories | Read More »

Li handles the Melbourne heat, reaches 3rd round

Li Na of China makes a forehand return to Belinda Bencic of Switzerland during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014. AP

Coming from one of China’s three “Stove Cities” had its benefits for Li Na on another scorching day at the Australian Open, where she completed back-to-back wins over the two youngest players in the draw to reach the third round.

Posted: January 15th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Photos and Videos,Tennis | Read More »

Li Na wins 1st-round match at Australian Open

Li Na of China makes a forehand return to Ana Konjuh of Croatia during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, January 13, 2014. AP

After researching on YouTube a 16-year-old opponent she’d never seen play before, Li Na will have to do it all over again for her next round at the Australian Open against another 16-year-old unknown to her.

Posted: January 13th, 2014 in Latest Sports Stories,Tennis | Read More »

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