GOLD COAST, Australia Jan 5 China's Li Na
celebrated her comeback from injury with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 triumph
over Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to win the Australian
Hardcourt Championships on Saturday.
The 25-year-old, back from a sixth-month layoff, battled
back from the loss of the first set to claim victory in two
hours, 11 minutes and lift her second career title.
World number 30 Azarenka, who was looking for her first WTA
Tour title, started strongly to take the first set.
But as the match wore on, Li began to draw more errors from
the Belarusian and levelled at one set all, breaking three
times to her opponent's two.
The third set was a tight affair but Li held on in a long
service game to make it 4-4 and then broke Azarenka in the
following game thanks to a superb backhand winner.
A close call on the first point of the 10th game initially
went against Li but the Chinese did not hear the over-rule and
thought the score was 0-15.
When 18-year-old Azarenka drifted a backhand slice over the
baseline, Li clinched the title, although she was initially
unaware she had won the match and only found out when the
umpire called the score.
(Writing by Simon Cambers in Perth, editing by Martin