China's Li Na reaches 2nd round at French Open

Updated: 2011-05-24 20:42


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China's Li Na reaches 2nd round at French Open

Li Na of China returns the ball to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris May 24, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]

PARIS - Australian Open finalist Li Na reached the second round of the French Open after beating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-3 on Tuesday.

The sixth-seeded Li, who became the first Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam final, trailed 3-1 in the first set, but then won 10 of the next 12 games to lead 5-2 in the second before her Czech opponent forced the tiebreaker.

She led 4-0 in the third set.

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