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Na Li wins the first set against Evgeniya Rodina in Australian Open 2011

By Kushal Sharma    + Follow

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Chinese Na Li claimed the first set against Evgeniya Rodina in Australian Open 2011 with a 6-3 score.

Li continued to thrive on her scintillating form in the first set. The Chinese served really well, as she mustered 73% points on her first serve. Li hammered 9 winners, 1 aces and collected 32 points in total as compared to Rodina's 26 and also converted 2 out of 2 break points to win the first set in 38 minutes. Li earned the decisive break in the sixth game and maintained that lead to surge through.

Excerpts from the first set:

Rodina is unable to keep up pace with the stroke of Li as the Chinese rips forehands from the back of the court. She goes on break serve and take a 2-0 lead in the first set.

Both players have extraordinary exchange of power packed strokes in the game as Li makes errors at the end ofo most of them. Li fails to hold serve as Rodina smack away towards a break of serve and takes it to get on board at 1-2 in the first set.

Rodina gets right back into the set as she smashes her way into the game. She hammers down forehands at pin point accuracy to force errors of Li. She holds serve, consolidates the break and levels scores at 2-2 in the first set. The set is back on serve.

Na Li saves two break points and stays on to maintain a slender lead in the first set. Rodina would not get too many opportunities. Its 3-2, first set.

Li Breaks! What a counter attack from the Chinese contender, Li breaks on love, as she hammers two exquisite forehand winner on return of the serve. Rodina fails to comprehend with the situation and Li surges forth with one break and extends her lead. Its 2-4, first set!

Another exciting game that tests both the players, but Li once again shows proactive approach and saves a break-point by forcing an error off Rodina's forehand and then hammers a superb cross-court forehand winner to surge through. Li is one game away from winning the first set!

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