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Li simply deserved to win Aussie Open

Updated: January 25, 2014, 11:40 AM ET
By Melissa Isaacson | espnW.com

MELBOURNE, Australia -- It was Li Na's tournament to win. The higher seeds tumbled around her; she escaped a match point when her third-round opponent hit a ball just inches behind the baseline; and she was facing a first-time Grand Slam finalist who had never beaten Li.

But it looked as if it might not all work out for Li as she fought herself every bit as much as Dominika Cibulkova inside Rod Laver Arena on Saturday night.

Even winning the first set in a tiebreaker guaranteed nothing. ...

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