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Li Na reaches China Open quarters

Updated: October 2, 2013, 8:29 PM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Li Na kept alive local hopes of a first homegrown champion in the China Open, reaching the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-4 win over Sabine Lisicki of Germany on Wednesday.

In men's play, 2005 champion Rafael Nadal edged Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-4, 7-6 (3) to move into the third round.

Li broke Lisicki twice in each set, overcoming seven double faults and holding off six of eight break chances. To equal her previous best efforts in Beijing, the semifinals in 2010 ...

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