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Li Na beats Bartoli in opening match at Hopman Cup

French Open champion Li Na recovered from a service break down in the final set to beat Marion Bartoli 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 and give China a 1-0 lead over France after today's opening match of the Hopman Cup mixed teams tournament.

sports Updated: Dec 31, 2011 11:47 IST
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French Open champion Li Na recovered from a service break down in the final set to beat Marion Bartoli 2-6, 6-2, 6-4 and give China a 1-0 lead over France after Saturday's opening match of the Hopman Cup mixed teams tournament.

Bartoli broke Li's serve in the fifth game of the final set to take a 3-2 lead, but Li broke back in the eighth game to level the set at 4-4 and took the match by breaking Bartoli in the final game.

Wu Di will play Richard Gasquet in the men's singles ahead of a mixed doubles match.

It was the only match on Saturday. Australia plays Spain on Sunday, while Czech Republic plays Bulgaria and the United States takes on Denmark on Monday.

First Published: Dec 31, 2011 11:45 IST