(Bloomberg.com) Li Na will try to add a Grand Slam singles title to her list of tennis firsts for China in today’s Australian Open women’s final against Kim Clijsters.
Li, the 28-year-old ninth seed, takes an 11-match winning run into the championship match at Melbourne Park. She beat Clijsters in Sydney two weeks ago to become the only Chinese player to win a first-tier event on the women’s tour.
“I beat her last time,” Li, who was introduced to tennis at age 9 after playing badminton for two years, said in a news conference. “Doesn’t mean anything in here. I know it’s a tough match.”
While Chinese women have won Olympic gold medals and Grand Slam titles in doubles, individual bests at the majors have been limited to semifinal appearances, including Li’s run alongside Zheng Jie to the last four in Melbourne a year ago.