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Australian Open champion Li Na cruises at Indian Wells

ESPN staff
March 10, 2014
Li Na eases into last 16

Top-seeded Li Na defeated Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3 6-4 to reach the fourth round at Indian Wells.

Li closed out Monday's third-round match with an ace, one of her 15 winners in a match in which the Chinese star had 28 unforced errors. Li, the Australian Open champion, has never been past the semi-finals in six previous appearances in California.

Trailing 4-3 in the second set, Li rallied to win the final three games and dispatch Pliskova, who at 21 is 10 years younger than Li and was making her main draw debut. She had lost in qualifying the last two years.

Li needed a third-set tiebreaker to beat countrywoman Zheng Jie in her first match after an opening-round bye.

This article originally appeared on ESPN.com

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