Li outlasts Rybarikova
Li Na survived a tough battle with Magdalena Rybarikova in Doha on her first appearance since winning the Australian Open title.
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The Chinese player, top seed at the Qatar Open, needed two hours and 13 minutes to defeat Slovakia's Rybarikova 6-1 5-7 6-2.
Li dominated the opener but allowed her 32nd-ranked opponent back into it with an error-strewn second set.
Rybarikova had come through a three-hour battle with Francesca Schiavone in the previous round and faded in the deciding set as Li - who enjoyed a first-round bye - cut down on the mistakes to close out the result.
Caroline Wozniacki, Ana Ivanovic and Samantha Stosur were all beaten in the second round, taking the number of seeded casualties to eight already.
Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer accounted for eighth seed Wozniacki 6-4 7-5, ninth seed Ivanovic went down 4-6 6-1 6-3 to Klara Zakopalova and 12th seed Stosur lost 6-4 4-6 6-1.
Third seed Petra Kvitova produced a great escape against Venus Williams. The Czech left-hander came from 4-1 down in the third set and saved a match point in the deciding tie-break before winning it 9-7.
Fourth seed Sara Errani, fifth seed Jelena Jankovic and sixth seed Angelique Kerber all enjoyed straight-sets victories.
In the final match of the day, second seed Agnieszka Radwanska beat Sorana Cirstea 7-5 6-0 and will face Lucic-Baroni in the third round.