(January 4, 2014) No. 1 Li Na defended her Shenzhen Open title on Saturday, collecting her eighth WTA title overall by defeating Peng Shuai 6-4, 7-5. It was was only the second all-Chinese final on the WTA Tour, Li Na lost in the other one back in 2006 when she had to retire in the final of Estoril against Zheng Jie.
Heading into the Australian, Li Na has been in the finals for two of the past three years – losing to Kim Clijsters in 2011 and to Victoria Azarenka last year.
“I’m happy to defend my title for the first time,” Li said. “It proved I can do it. Everything is moving in the right direction and after this tournament I’m going to Melbourne to prepare for the Australian Open.”