Clijsters battles back against Li Na to win Australian Open

January 29th, 2011 - 6:15 pm ICT by ANI  

Serena Williams Melbourne, Jan 29(ANI): World No.3 Kim Clijsters on Friday won her first Australian Open title with a three-set victory over China’s Li Na in the final in Melbourne.

Clijsters won 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, in two hours and five minutes at Rod Laver Arena to clinch a fourth Grand Slam title, the Age reports.

The 27-year-old Belgian’s previous three Grand Slam titles had all come at the US Open.

With the win, Clijsters also became the first mother to reign in Australia since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1977.

She is also the first woman to snare back-to-back Grand Slam crowns since Serena Williams completed the same US Open-Australian Open double in 2008-09.

She had also lost to Serena in the final here last year. (ANI)

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