MADRID, May 5 (Xinhua) -- China's Li Na beat Belgian Kristen Flipkens 6-1, 7-6 (8) to qualify for the third round of the WTA Madrid Open on Monday.
Playing in the early session, the No. 2 seed looked to be completely in control in the first set, which she took comfortably 6-1.
Li Na also looked to be on course to take the second set with ease, but then ran into problems on her serve allowing the Belgian to make two service breaks to force a tie break.
Li Na's victory means that she will now face her another Chinese player, Jie Zheng who beat Mariana Duque-Marino of Colombia 7-6(5), 6-2 on Sunday in order to book her place inthe third round.
China's Shuai Peng is also into the last 32, where she will face reigning Champions and number one seed, Serene Williams, who is once again favorite for the tournament after winning in Madrid for the last two years.
Zhang Shuai's Madrid adventure, ended on Monday, however, as she was beaten in straight sets by the wildcard Rumanian, Irina Begu.
Other players who have already qualified for the last 32 include Maria Sharapova, who is ranked eighth in Madrid this year, number 11 seed Ana Ivanovich, number 5 seed, Petra Kvitova and the consistant Italian, Sara Errani.
Monday also saw an interview with Li Na published in the Spanish sports paper, 'Marca' in the interview, she said that after winning this year's Australian Open she had to admit she was in the best momento of her career.
"The results are arriving and i am ranked secomd in the World, which is something I had never managed before," she said, before admitting that her win in Australia and previously in France had a huge impact on her life.
"Everyone's life changes after winning a Grand Slam. I have been anonmyous for a long time and i can tell the difference," she said.
Li Na inssited she had not looked for fame in her homeland, "although I am popular, I have never thought about being a superstar. It still surprises me when people recognize me in the street," she admitted.