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Li Na returns to where it all began

Updated: January 25, 2013, 7:04 PM ET
By Peter Bodo

Li Na recorded a resounding upset of the seemingly invincible Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open, and it put her in the final opposite Victoria Azarenka. The match represented not only a great continuing run by Li but also the closing of a circle.

Li's successful drive to become the first Asian to win a Grand Slam event began in earnest on these same Melbourne hard courts in 2011, when she reached her first major final and pushed heavily favored Kim Clijsters through three tough sets ...

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