Li Na of China hits a retun to Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic during their women's singles match at the Australian Open 2014 tennis tournament in Melbourne January 17, 2014. REUTERS/David Gray
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Top seed Serena Williams set a new record en route to the Australian Open fourth round Friday as Li Na narrowly avoided an upset and Samantha Stosur suffered more heartbreak in front of her home fans.On another hot Melbourne day, Williams, the world No. 1 and five-time tournament champion, powered past Daniela Hantuchova 6-3, 6-3 to record her 61st Australian Open win, surpassing the previous mark set by Margaret Court. The American, who has lost just 12 games in her three matches so far, added that she needed to lift her game further against Ivanovic.Li, who lost in the final to Victoria Azarenka last year, self-destructed in the first set and had to draw on all her experience to find a way past the 26th seed.
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