Li Na won the Shenzhen Open after beating Klara Zakopalova in three sets

Last Updated: 05/01/13 2:05pm

  • Share:
Li Na: All smiles after finishing off Klara Zakopalova following a nervy final set

Li Na: All smiles after finishing off Klara Zakopalova following a nervy final set

Sky Bet

Li Na overcame a third set meltdown to beat Klara Zakopalova 6-3 1-6 7-5 in the final of the inaugural Shenzhen Open on Saturday.

The top seed had been cruising to success when leading 5-2 in the deciding set only for fifth seed Zakopalova to draw level at 5-5 and cast a seventh career title for Na in doubt.

However, the 2011 French Open winner collected herself to put together two solid games and give her a boost ahead of the Australian Open, which begins on January 14.

World number seven Na lost the 2011 Melbourne final to Kim Clijsters and also suffered to the Belgian last year after being eliminated in the fourth round of the tournament.

Saturday's triumph was Li's second WTA title in China, following her breakthrough at Guangzhou in 2004 when she became the first Chinese winner on the women's tour.

"It is not happening overnight if you want to change some long time habit and I have to adjust myself slowly," said Na. "Honestly, I am very happy to win the title here because this is not an easy match at all."

  • Share:

Related

WTA Shenzhen Open 2013

Li Na: Easy semi-final win at Shenzhen Open

Li cruises into Shenzhen final

Top seed Li Na cruised into the final of the Shenzhen Open in China with a straight sets victory over Peng Shuai.

Li Na: beat Bojana Jovanovski in straight sets

Home duo progress in Shenzhen

Li Na and Peng Shuai will meet in an all-Chinese semi-final at the Shenhzen Open, but Marion Bartoli was knocked out.

Li Na: Chinese player saw off Julia Cohen

Na safely through in Shenzhen

Li Na advanced to the quarter-finals of the Shenzhen Open on Wednesday with a straight-sets victory over Julia Cohen.

Most Popular

Features

What we learned

What we learned

Alex Williams looks back on the US Open and attempts to draw some conclusions from a dramatic event.

YouTube top five

YouTube top five

Falcao goals, big rugby hits, a hole-in-one and Soccer AM genius... here's what you've been watching.

Sportswomen Podcast

Sportswomen Podcast

Download this week's edition of Sky Sports News HQ's Sportswomen show with guest Heather Knight.