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Coach Carlos Rodriguez reveals Li Na driven to the edge of retirement

Li Na of China celebrates a point

Linda Pearce Carlos Rodriguez is not certain if Li Na would really have retired as she threatened on the drive to Wimbledon just over seven months ago.

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Li Na looks ahead after rethink helped her win Australian Open

Li Na.

Linda Pearce Now that Li Na has a Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup to go with the French version named for Suzanne Lenglen, what will be next?


All going Li Na’s way to realise another goal at WTA Championship

Li Na

Linda Pearce Li Na started this year with the twin goals of winning another grand slam title and becoming the first Asian player to break into the world's top three.

French open Hopman Cup campaign with win over Czechs

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Brad Elborough, Perth The French team of Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Alize Cornet opened their Hopman Cup campaign in the mixed-team event in Perth on Monday night with a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic.

Sydney international: top seeds rest for tough women's opening round

David Sygall Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska received a bye into the second round of the Sydney International along with second seed Petra Kvitova, who is slated to meet sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki later...


Australia's Ashleigh Barty compared with former world No. 1 Martina Hingis

Ashleigh Barty

Hobart Comparing Ashleigh Barty with Martina Hingis won't hurt, according to the former world No.1.


How Li Na put the fun back into tennis

Li Na

Linda Pearce On the brink of quitting, the highest-ranked Asian player ever tells Linda Pearce how she rocketed up the rankings.


Women need to provide better value for their money

Serena Williams

In 1973, the six-time Wimbledon singles champion Billie-Jean King defeated the men's player Bobby Riggs in a legendary match that is the subject of a cinema documentary, The Battle of the Sexes.


Battle of the maidens offers surprise twist

Sabine Lisicki

Greg Baum The key is to ascertain which player would be less surprising as a first-time winner.


Serena ends season on top

Serena Williams.

Serena Williams has secured the year-end world No. 1 ranking for the third time in her career.


Williams to meet Kuznetsova in q-finals

Serena Williams hits a return to Italy's Roberta Vinci.

Paris Serena Williams sets up quarter-final against Svetlana Kuznetsova.


Li Na looks to make more history

Istanbul Pioneering Li Na aims to make more tennis history by becoming the oldest leading player in the game as well as the first super-rich player from communist China.

Women's tennis the winner in epic match

Victoria Azarenka of Belarus returns a shot to Angelique Kerber of Germany  during their tennis match on the second day of the WTA championship in Istanbul, Turkey, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2012. (AP Photo)

Linda Pearce This was a women's match-of-the-year candidate, just when one was needed. A marvellous three-set, three-hour exhibition at the WTA Championships, in which top seed Victoria Azarenka saved two match...


Radwanska triumphs in record-breaking WTA match

Agnieszka Radwanska.

Linda Pearce, Istanbul The longest best-of-three-set match in WTA Championships history has won Agnieszka Radwanska a semi-final place in the $4.9 million year-end tournament for the first time.


Stosur struggles, turns sights to rest and revival

Shaking on it: Maria Sharapova and Sam Stosur in Istanbul.

Linda Pearce, Istanbul Sam Stosur's self-assessment is ''seven out of 10'' for the season she has completed.

Young Australian hopefuls let chances slip

Feeling the heat: Matthew Ebden in his Sydney match.

Glenn Cullen, Sydney Two men let winnable matches turn into losses at the Sydney International.


Li outlasts familiar foe in a battle of attrition

Li Na

Greg Baum THIS was the meeting of the immovable obstacle and the immovable obstacle and, inevitably it took a long time to resolve.

Challenger shows the nerve to be idol threat

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce WHEN people ask Martina Navratilova (major singles titles: 18) how she would fare in a fantasy singles match against Serena Williams (major singles titles: 15, and mounting), she has a stock response.

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Li Na winning the battle of hearts & minds

Li Na

Linda Pearce A new mentor has helped the Chinese star become a formidable figure on centre court, writes Linda Pearce.


Brighter prospects as Li learns to exhale

Australian Open Tennis Day  11 , Li Na during her victory over Maria Sharapova on Rod Laver ArenaPhoto Pat Scala The AgeThursday the 24th of January 2013

Linda Pearce THE technical improvement in Li Na's tennis has been with her serve and forehand; the bigger change in China's most famous sportswoman is a happy combination of heart, legs and mind.