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Top-seeded Li Na, playing her first match since she won the Australian Open last month, beat Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 5-7, 6-2 in the second round at the Qatar Open on Wednesday. Third-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic outlasted Venus Williams of the United States 6-2, 2-6, 7-6 (7) in a match that lasted 2 hours, 32 minutes. Li raced to a 5-0 lead in the opening set but couldn't keep her momentum going in the second when, at 5-5, Rybarikova won the next two games. With a 3-2 lead in the decider, Li won the final three games of the match. The 48th-ranked Williams wasted a match point in the third set tiebreaker. ''I put myself in a great position to win the match, which for me is the positive that I take out of this match,'' said Williams, who was leading the set 4-1 and had three break points on Kvitova's serve in the sixth game, but couldn't secure the 5-1 advantage. Kvitova, playing her first match since being upset in the Australian Open first round, r...
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