MELBOURNE, Australia | The Latest: Li closely follows Osaka’s progress in Australia

21Jan - by Editor - 0 - In STL.News

MELBOURNE, Australia —January 21, 2019—The Latest on Tuesday at the Australian Open (all times local):

2 p.m.

Li Na saw much of herself in a young player on the women’s tour early last year.

The two-time Grand Slam champion didn’t hesitate to anoint Japan’s Naomi Osaka as the player with a bright future.

So, Li Na, to be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July along with fellow former Australian Open champions Mary Pierce and Yevgeny Kafelnikov, was not surprised when Osaka won the 2018 US Open and is already a quarterfinalist at Melbourne Park this time.

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