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- MATCH - LI 6-2 6-0 KONJUH: Irresistible shotmaking from Li Na, picking up exactly from recent performances to demolish her young opponent. One of the top favourites for the title here, no doubt.
- BREAK - LI 6-2 5-0 KONJUH: Uh oh, the 16 year-old is now staring down the barrel of a bagel. It has been a tennis lesson of sorts, with yet more squeaky-clean shotmaking from the number four. Not many people stand a chance against Li playing this well.
- HOLD - LI 6-2 4-0 KONJUH: The match is moving very quickly now, and helped not in small part by Konjuh insisting on dashing between points at warp speed. Li Na in full, effortless flow.
- BREAK - LI 6-2 3-0 KONJUH: Some dazzling forehands from Konjuh to extend her service game to a near-endless deuce, but Li Na eventually breaks again.
- HOLD - LI 6-2 2-0 KONJUH: More crisp serving from the fourth seed allows her to consolidate her break. The Chinese star is looking so uncharacteristically chilled and composed since joining with coach Carlos Rodriguez.
- BREAK - LI 6-2 1-0 KONJUH: An immediate break for Li to begin the second set, closing off the game with strong return followed by a forehand winner. Crisp, clean and precise performance from the 4th in a situation that used to produce scores of errors.
- SET - LI 6-2 KONJUH: Dominant performance in the end from Li Na. Some blistering forehands and backhands all so deep to the baseline. Konjuh, likely used to the comparative mediocrity of her junior opponents, clearly struggling.
- BREAK - LI 5-2 KONJUH: After allowing Konjuh to set pace, Li bites back with some terrific groundstrokes to capture the second break of the set.
- HOLD - LI 4-2 KONJUH: Since bringing Carlos Rodriguez, the famed former coach of Justine Henin, on board; Li has been transformed from one of the most net-shy players to a regular serve and volleyer. She coolly closes off the game with a backhand drop volley that Henin herself would be satisfied with.
- BREAK - LI 3-2 KONJUH: Finally, Konjuh is undone by her own game. A double fault and a few errors offer up the break to last year's finalist.
- GAME - Li 2-2 KONJUH: More dazzling shotmaking from Konjuh, particularly on her forehand which comes with the hugest of swings. However, when Li gets her on the run, Li usually wins the point. Comfortable hold for the world number four.
- GAME - LI 1-2 KONJUH: The youngster knows not the meaning of nerves. Staring down triple break point, Konjuh digs herself out with a few big serves before unleashing on both sides. Power is something she certainly does not lack.
- GAME - LI 1-1 KONJUH: A dazzling backhand return winner followed by a brilliant drop shot from the fearless 16 year-old gives Li a scare, but Li coolly grafts out the game and comfortably holds.
- GAME - LI 0-1 KONJUH: No nerves to begin with from Konjuh in her first ever Grand Slam match. The teenager fires down a few gigantic serves and secures her first hold with little effort.
- The young Croat comes with pedigree, however. Last year, the 16 year-old triumphed here at the Junior Australian Open and followed up with another junior title at the US Open. This year, in her first ever WTA match, she faced #14 Roberta Vinci in her first match of her first tournament –- and took the match in three sets.
01:53 - Li Na and Ana Konjuh now taking their places on Hisense Arena. Although not quite as dramatic as 43 year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm facing 16 year Belinda Bencic; the 15 year age gap between Li, 31, and Konjuh, 16, isn't one to sniff at.
|Date of Birth||26/02/1982|
|Date of Birth||27/12/1997|