trophy watch: the ladies in auckland, gold coast

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Li Na made a triumphant return to the SEWTA Tour with a win in the finals of the Australian Women’s Hardcourts over Victoria Azarenka on Saturday. Li defeated the Belarusian 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in her first tournament after a six-month layoff due to a rib injury. She took out seventh seed Sybille Bammer, top seed Nicole Vaidisova, and pesky lefty Patty Schnyder.

Unfortunately, she’s already back to the sidelines with a right knee injury, and has pulled out of next week’s Medibank International in Sydney.

FYI: Na is her first name, Li is her last name. She’s listed as Na Li on the SEWTA website. The Chinese naming system puts the last name first, so she’s called Li Na when not on the court.

FYI, part two: This is the last year that the tournament will be played in Gold Coast. It will merge with the men’s tournament in Adelaide for a combined event in Brisbane.

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And in doubles, Dinara Safina and partner Agnes Szavay took out Zheng Jie (left) and Yan Zi (second left) 6-1, 6-2.

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Here’s Lindsay Davenport with her singles trophy after beating Aravane Rezai of France 6-2, 6-2, at the ASB Classic in Auckland. It goes without posting that there are also plenty of photos with Lindsay holding both her trophy and son Jagger.

(via WTB; photos by Getty Images)

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Comments

  1. Chris says

    Hey Erwin. Happy New Year!

    Ok. This may be one of those ‘My Left / Your Right’ kinda thing. But just want to be sure. In the doubles pic, from left to right: Yan Zi, Zheng Jie, Safina, Szavay.

    On a different note, I am starting to be sick of seeing Jagger being paraded in every trophy celebration (or more like Lindsay bullying the lower ranked players). I have a feeling that Jagger will not like it either when he grows up (‘Mom, please stop showing these trophy pics to my girlfriend…..’).

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