Defending champion Li Na crashes out of French Open

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Defending champion Li Na of China was ousted from the French Open fourth round as she lost to Kazakhstan's qualifier Yaroslava Shvedova 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 on Monday.

Seventh-seeded Li took the opening set in just 38 minutes, but Shvedova, ranked 142nd in the world, came back strong in the remaining time and even humiliated the defending champion with a 6-0 drubbing in the final set.

Shvedova's reward will be a quarterfinal clash against either American Varvara Lepchenko or fourth seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic.

Li Na eases past first round in French Open

Li Na eases past first round in French Open

Chinese reigning champion Li Na eased past Romania's Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of 2012 French Open on Monday.

It was the second time for the 30-year-old Li to meet the 43-ranked Cirstea. Li overwhelmed the 22-year-old Romanian 6-2, 6-2 in the third round of French Open last year before she went on to claim the first Grand Slam singles' title ever won by an Asian player. Read more »

Azarenka produces stunning fightback to avoid embarrassing early exit

Victoria Azarenka survived an almighty scare in the first round of the French Open as unheralded Italian Alberta Brianti pushed the world No 1 all the way on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Australian Open champion Azarenka came within two games of becoming the first ever top seed to crash out at the first hurdle at Roland Garros when she trailed by a set and 0-4, but she fought back for a 6-7 (6/8) 6-4 6-2 win in two hours and 16 minutes. Read more »

The King and Queen of Clay: Nadal and Li

The King and Queen of Clay: Between Rafael Nadal and Li Na, the Na's had itover the past weekend in Paris. It had been a significant finish to a grand clay-court major, Na coming out on top of what some known as a depleted field but one that saw four semifinalist who would have all easily claimed their last two matches in straight sets and everyone would have said, Yeah, we guess that is wise. It made sense for Na, who fought off a poor-serving Maria Sharapova in the semifinals and after that just barely rose above the defending champ, Francesca Schiavone, to win in China's first singles Major.

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