Posted: Wed January 16, 2013 1:09AM; Updated: Wed January 16, 2013 1:09AM

Li reached 3rd round for 4th straight year

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Li Na
Li Na got past Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-2, 7-5 on Wednesday.
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MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -- Li Na has advanced to the third round of the Australian Open for the fourth consecutive year with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Olga Govortsova of Belarus on Wednesday.

The 2011 French Open champion is trying to add a second Grand Slam title, and the Australian Open appears to be her best chance. She advanced to the 2010 semifinals, the 2011 final - losing to Kim Clijsters - and the fourth round here last year.

Li faced two set points at 5-3 in the ninth game of the second set, but came back to level the set at 5-5 before breaking Govorsova's serve to clinch the match.

Li converted five of her six breakpoint chances, while Govortsova was just 2 for 10.

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