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SYDNEY, Jan 11 (PTI): Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi had to be content with a runners-up finish at the ATP Sydney International after losing the fiercely fought final, in which there was no break of serve, against Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, here today.

The second-seeded Indo-Pak pair lost 6-7 (3), 6-7(3) to unseeded but very formidable Canadian-Serbian combination in one hour and 35 minutes.

Bopanna and Qureshi saved all five break chances on their serves but could not convert even one of the seven chances they got in summit clash of the USD 511,825 hard court tournament.

Bopanna and Qureshi split USD 13,100 between them as prize money and earned 150 points each while winners took home a combined prize purse of USD 24920 and 250 points each.

Li Na confident

Melbourne, Jan 11 (IANS): No. 3 seed Li Na of China is confident of going a step further in this year�s Australian Open after twisting her left ankle twice and losing to Victoria Azarenka in last year�s final.

�I had a very good year last year. I�m wishing I can do really well, even better this year,� said Li Na, reports Xinhua.

�I really wish I can win another Grand Slam. This is the goal for me.�

�Carlos (Rodriguez, her coach) asked me to come more to the net and play even more aggressive. I used to try to stay on the baseline. After so many years on the tour, everyone knows exactly how you play. Carlos just wants me to change a little bit to be stronger on the court,� said Li.

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Bopanna-Qureshi end runners-up

SYDNEY, Jan 11 (PTI): Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi had to be content with a runners-up finish at the ATP Sydney International after losing the fiercely fought final, in which there was no break of serve, against Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, here today.

The second-seeded Indo-Pak pair lost 6-7 (3), 6-7(3) to unseeded but very formidable Canadian-Serbian combination in one hour and 35 minutes.

Bopanna and Qureshi saved all five break chances on their serves but could not convert even one of the seven chances they got in summit clash of the USD 511,825 hard court tournament.

Bopanna and Qureshi split USD 13,100 between them as prize money and earned 150 points each while winners took home a combined prize purse of USD 24920 and 250 points each.

Li Na confident

Melbourne, Jan 11 (IANS): No. 3 seed Li Na of China is confident of going a step further in this year�s Australian Open after twisting her left ankle twice and losing to Victoria Azarenka in last year�s final.

�I had a very good year last year. I�m wishing I can do really well, even better this year,� said Li Na, reports Xinhua.

�I really wish I can win another Grand Slam. This is the goal for me.�

�Carlos (Rodriguez, her coach) asked me to come more to the net and play even more aggressive. I used to try to stay on the baseline. After so many years on the tour, everyone knows exactly how you play. Carlos just wants me to change a little bit to be stronger on the court,� said Li.

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