Li opens Shenzhen Open title defense with win

8:51 AM, Dec 31, 2013   |    comments
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Shenzhen, China ( - Chinese tennis hero Li Na began defense of her Shenzhen Open title with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over wild card former top-10 Russian star Vera Zvonareva on Tuesday.

In other first-round action, No. 6 Zhang Shuai of China was ousted by Yung-Jan Chan of Chinese Taipei, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2, and Monica Niculescu beat Anna Schmiedlova 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on the hardcourts at Shenzhen Longgang Tennis Center.

Li won last year's inaugural Shenzhen Open against Klara Zakopalova.

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