Tuesday, May 31, 2011
History Writer - An Autobiography by Li Na...
Australian Open runner-up Li Na reached the quarterfinals of the French Open with a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 win over Petra Kvitova on Monday and became the first Chinese player to advance that far at the clay-court Grand Slam.
Li has reached the quarterfinals at all four major tournaments and will next play either Victoria Azarenka or Ekaterina Makarova.
Kvitova broke the sixth-seeded Li twice in the opening set, but the ninth-seeded Czech dropped serve twice in the second set as Li won five games in a row to even the score.
Li lost her serve in the second game of the deciding set when she double-faulted, but Kvitova failed to extend her lead as the Czech player lost the final six games of the match.
Kvitova was also looking for a maiden quarterfinal appearance on the Parisian clay.
Three other Asian women have reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros in the Open era: Kazuko Sawamatsu and Kimiko Date-Krumm of Japan, and Kazakh player Yaroslava Shvedova