Indian Wells: Flavia Pennetta stunned Li Na in straight sets on Friday night, avenging a loss to the Australian Open champion in Melbourne and booking an Indian Wells title clash with Agnieszka Radwanska.
Li Na after losing to Pennetta and (inset) Italy's Flavia Pennetta
In a match that featured entertaining rallies but also 11 breaks of serve — eight straight in the opening set — 32-year-old Pennetta prevailed 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 to reach the biggest final of her career. "I think we play really good tennis tonight. "We fight a lot," Pennetta said.
It was a contrast to their clash in the Australian Open quarter-finals, where Li crushed Pennetta 6-2, 6-2 en route to her second Grand Slam title. "In Australia I didn't have any chance against her. Tonight I played much better," Pennetta said.