China's Li charges into last eight

MELBOURNE Sat Jan 18, 2014 10:07pm EST

Li Na of China serves to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during their women's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 19, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray

Li Na of China serves to Ekaterina Makarova of Russia during their women's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 19, 2014.

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MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Li Na stormed into the quarter-finals of the Australian Open with a 6-2 6-0 hammering of Russian Ekaterina Makarova in just under an hour on Sunday.

The Chinese fourth seed, who had to battle back from match point down in her second round encounter with Lucie Safarova, looked much more assured on Hisense Arena on Sunday and her win set up a last eight meeting with Italy's Flavia Pennetta.

The 31-year-old briskly saved two break points in the first set, another couple at 3-0 up in the second and sealed the win with a backhand volley at the net to serve out to love.

The former French Open champion has a good record at Melbourne Park, having reached the final here last year and in 2011 and the semi-finals in 2010.

(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Peter Rutherford)

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