HUA HIN, Thailand -- Li Na of China won the annual Hua Hin exhibition event on Saturday by beating top-ranked Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 2-6, 10-7 after a Champions tiebreaker.
The seventh-ranked Li benefited from a slew of unforced errors from Azarenka in the first set and then broke to lead 2-1 in the second. But the Belarusian defending champion won five straight games to level the match, but then came up just short in the decider.
Azarenka, who was accompanied to Thailand by American rapper Redfoo of LMFAO, will start her WTA season by playing in the Brisbane International next week. She said "I was surprised by the court. It was my first match, I should have practiced a bit more. But Li Na played so well."
Li will next play in the Shenzhen Open in China.