Li Na is definitely China's leading tennis player, but count out veteran Zheng Jie at your peril.
Rafael Nadal reached his fourth consecutive Grand Slam final after overcoming old foe Roger Federer 6-7, 6-2, 7-6, 6-4 here on Thursday at the Australian Open.
Victoria Azarenka reached her first grand slam final with a 6-4 1-6 6-3 victory over defending champion Kim Clijsters at the Australian Open on Thursday.
Li Na and Peng Shuai's early exit from the Australian Open will effect its television penetration in China this year, but organisers are confident their long-term Asian strategy can offset the effects of any 'great switch off'.
Juan Martin Del Potro caused no trouble to Roger Federer's 1000th professional match and the Swiss won his 31th consecutive Grand Slam quarterfinals here on Tuesday to reach the semifinals at 2012 Australian Open.
Caroline Wozniacki was dumped out of the quarter-finals of the Australian Open by Kim Clijsters on Tuesday and will lose her world number one position when new rankings are released next week.
China's Zheng Jie lost to Italian Sara Errani 2-6, 1-6 in the fourth round at the 2012 Australian Open here Monday.
Kim Clijsters was courage personified as the defending champion shook off a painful ankle injury and saved four match points to overhaul China's Li Na.
World number six Li Na made into the fourth round at the Australian Open on Friday.
John Isner's exit left US without a single man standing in the last 16 of the Australian Open for the first time since 1973.
MELBOURNE - Roger Federer cut Croatian power-serving giant Ivo Karlovic down to size to join grand slam rival Rafael Nadal in the fourth round at the Australian Open on Friday.
Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain falls, injuring her right ankle as she plays Li Na of China during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne on Friday. Garrigues was forced to quit, meaning Li will face Belgian 11th seed Kim Clijsters in Sunday's fourth round matchup.