Thursday, January 12, 2012

Is Li Na back?

I guess a new year gives the opportunity for a fresh start!

Li Na appears to be in great form so far at the start of the season, advancing to the finals of the tournament in Sydney, where she's the defending champ. She beat Petra Kvitova in the semis and next faces Victoria Azarenka. You have to like Li's chances in that matchup, too, and then going forward, who knows? Maybe another deep Aussie run?

Last year post-French Open was pretty tough, to say the least, for Li. It's a lot to adjust to, becoming one of the most popular athletes in the whole wide world! She's been through that experience now and if Sydney is any indication, it looks like she's finally made the adjustment.

Women's tennis is so wide open right now, and Li--a Grand Slam champ and finalist--has taken advantage of that. I guess now there's no reason to think she can't do it again.

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