MELBOURNE, Australia — Li Na's best year on the WTA Tour was like a roller coaster.
She lost the Australian Open final to Kim Clijsters, then won the French Open to become the first Asian player to win a Grand Slam title.
She had a big dip in the second half of the year — a second-round loss at Wimbledon was followed by first-round defeats at the U.S. Open and her home tournament in Beijing. She lost twice in the round-robin stage at the WTA Championships.
But a strong training regimen in the offseason, followed by a short break, has her in better form heading into the Australian Open on Monday.
Li won all three of her singles matches at the Hopman Cup and advanced to the Sydney International final, losing to Victoria Azarenka in three sets.