The sixth-seed Li took the first set 6-4 when Azarenka double faulted. The Belarussian won the first three games of the second set, and then Li came back to tie it at 4-4. Azarenka got a break and held to take the set.
Li, who became the first Asian-born player to win a Grand Slam tennis singles title at the 2011 French Open, is trying to become the oldest woman to win the Australian Open in the professional era. Azarenka, the top-seed, would retain the No. 1 ranking in women’s tennis should she win today at the Rod Laver Arena.
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