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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -China's Li Na has defeated Sesil Karatantcheva 6-1, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the Australian Open.
Li, the 2011 Australian Open finalist, broke her Kazakh opponent four times in Monday's match and hit 21 winners to just six for Karatantcheva.
The sixth-seeded Li has had a strong start to the year, winning the inaugural Shenzhen Open in China and reaching the semifinals of the Sydney International last week.
Last year, Li lost to Kim Clijsters in the fourth round in Melbourne after holding four match points in the second-set tiebreaker and wept during her post-match news conference.