Live text commentary from the women's quarter-final between Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska.
By Matt Domm, Reporter Filed: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 00:00 UK
Last Updated: Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 08:46 UK
Li Na faced Agnieszka Radwanska in the first of eight Australian Open quarter-finals in what promised to be a tight encounter.
In the first serve neither player could hold serve and Na just edged it 7-5.
She went down 2-0 in the second but responded by dropping just one more game on her way to a 7-5 6-3 win.
Read how the action unfolded with Sports Mole's live commentary.
12.02amHello all and welcome to our first match of this quarter-final stage.
12.03amIt's a very long walk out onto the court. And a quiet one, for the players. They both look focused.
12.05amIt's the 10th time these have met, with Li currently 5-4 up. They are seeded fourth (Radwanska) and sixth, so there's nothing to choose.
12.06amToday we have four matches, one after the other. Two from the men's and two from the women's.
12.08amFollowing this one will be the all-Spain clash between David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro at approximately 2am, Ekaterina Makarova vs. Maria Sharapova at around 5am and Novak Djokovic vs. Tomas Berdych not before 8.30am
12.10amI would expect this one will go to three sets, but you never know if one of them comes out firing.
12.12amWe're off here, Li to serve. Let's hope for a competitive game now at this stage of the tournament.
12.14amBig serve spinning out wide that is not returned gives Li a game point.
12.16amBig baseline rally goes Radwanska's way, as you might think. Na eventually went for the winner but put a backhand into the net. Radwanska will play those points all day long.
12.18amAt advantage another patient rally from Radwanska ends with Li hitting a forehand wide.
Li 1-0* RadwanskaWell, if all the games are as long as that one we'll be here until the weekend. Li saves two break points in that one and finally holds a 12-minute game with a couple of volleys.
12.26amThis time Li comes out on top of a big rally, with a fantastic forehand across the court, finishing right in the corner.
12.27amThen puts a simple volley wide and it's 15-15 instead of 0-30.
12.29amThe second game also goes to deuce, after Radwanska goes just long with a tricky baseline lob.
Li *1-1 RadwanskaHowever, the Pole takes the game and we're with serve at the moment.
Li 1-2* RadwanskaBREAK! I think it's quite rare that Radwanska doesn't get a point on her opponent's service game, although she was helped by some poor shots from the Chinese in this game. Radwanska nets a simple backhand on first break point, but Na returns the favour on the second one and first blood the Pole.
12.38amAlso rare is a foot fault, but Li was given one in that last game. It was very close, in her defence. A little picky.
12.39amGreat response from the Chinese. Radwanska comes to the net but Li passes her down the backhand line for 0-30, great shot.
12.40amA double fault from Radwanska and three break points for Li.
Li *2-2 RadwanskaBREAK! Radwanska gave that up surprisingly easily, but it was much more aggressive from Li as she hit the corners a few times.
12.44amNa goes from the sublime - a superb backhand down the line - to the poor - an overhit forehand - to gift another break point to the Pole.
Li 2-3* RadwanskaBREAK! Li saves it but Radwanska pings the ball into the corner forcing the Chinese into a net shot to set up another. Radwanska breaks again, the third straight in the match.
Li *3-3 RadwanskaBREAK! Another game, another battle. That's the fourth break in a row and once again we're back on serve. Or is that back on break?
12.52amLi starts with her first double fault, after twice going long with the serve.
Li 7-5 6-3 RadwanskaGAME, SET AND MATCH! Radwanska goes long and Li advances! She played impeccably at 2-0 down in that second set but she was incredibly strong mentally and takes it in straight sets. She's still to drop one and is improving game by game.
1.57amThat wraps up the coverage of the first quarter-final. Join me shortly for Ferrer vs. Almagro.