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WTA Rome Open 2013: Magnificent Li Na overwhelms Jie Zheng

By Abhimanyu Nagpal    + Follow

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Keywords: International BNL d'Italia | Na-Li |Jie-Zheng
WTA Rome Open 2013: Magnificent Li Na overwhelms Jie Zheng
2011 French Open champion Li Na was in sensational form today as she brushed aside compatriot Jie Zheng at the Rome Open here in the Italian capital. The World No.5 bounced back from her poor showing in Madrid last week, and is surely going to be one of the favorites having reached the final here in 2012.

2011 French Open champion Li Na was in sensational form today as she brushed aside compatriot Jie Zheng at the Rome Open here in the Italian capital. The World No.5 bounced back from her poor showing in Madrid last week, and is surely going to be one of the favorites having reached the final here in 2012.

Today, Li was assisted by 18 unforced errors from Jie but that was due to the quality of Li’s play that force Jie to go closer and closer to the lines. Li hammered 16 winner and won 65 out of 107 points today in a match that lasted an hour and 26 minutes.

After making a splendid start to the match, with a quick service hold and then a break of serve Li found herself with a 4-1 lead in absolutely no time. The Chinese No.1 elevated her level of play even further when but suddenly started to commit too many errors as she gave back the break of serve in the seventh game. With the opportunity to draw level in front of her eyes, Jie just couldn’t convert as she gave the break of serve back after which Na Li served the set out. The former Roland Garros champion fired 10 winners in that one.

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The second set started off on very similar terms as the first one with Li gaining that break of serve in the opening game. Continuing to build from there, the World No.5 got a 3-1 advantage very quickly as she did well to keep Zheng at bay. Striking the ball with finesse as she usually does, Li got another break of serve in the fifth game which was probably the final nail in Jie’s coffin. The World No.5 then consolidated that break of serve and earned yet another to close the set out at 6-1.

 
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