Thu, January 12, 2012
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Li Na moves into Sydney final

2012-01-12 07:59:24 GMT2012-01-12 15:59:24(Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Li Na of China reaches for a return against Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic during their match at the Sydney International tennis event, on January 11. The rejuvenated Li has been in eye-catching form in this year's early exchanges, winning all three of her Hopman Cup singles matches and reaching the semi-finals of the Sydney International.(AFP)

China's Li Na has ensured there'll be no change to the women's world No.1 ranking until at least the Australian Open after a fighting three-set win over Petra Kvitova in the semi-finals of the Sydney International.

Defending champion Li, her country's sole grand slam winner after claiming last year's French Open crown, recovered from a set and a break down to beat the Czech 1-6 7-5 6-2.

With current world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki's loss in Wednesday's quarter-final to Agnieszka Radwanska, the door was left open for Kvitova to assume the mantle of the top player in women's tennis - assuming she won the Sydney title on Friday night.

(Agencies)

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