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Li Na, Kim Clijsters advance in Australia

Updated: January 16, 2012, 11:36 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

MELBOURNE, Australia -- Li Na returned to the tournament that launched her onto the global stage last year, breezing to a 6-3, 6-1 win over Ksenia Pervak of Kazakhstan on Monday in the first round of the Australian Open.

Li was a trailblazer for China last year, reaching a Grand Slam singles final for the first time before losing to Kim Clijsters in the deciding match of the Australian Open. At the next major, she won the French Open to confirm her place as a genuine star in the world's ...

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