Li Na looks to continue her recent good form in Madrid this week. Watch her first round clash with Tamira Paszek live online!
Li has a tough draw with Venus Williams potentially awaiting in round two and then Caroline Wozniacki in the last sixteen. However she's certainly playing well enough at the moment to negotiate both those hurdles.
Since returning to the tour from an ankle injury, she's made the quarters in Miami and then the final in Stuttgart last month. She's one of the very best clay-courters in the world and her ability to use the angles and open up the court is tough to deal with.
Li is happy that the Madrid courts are less slippy this year. "I was feeling the court much different from last year, so I have to use the time to prepare for the first match," she said on Friday. "It's very tough because different condition, different court."
She was also keen to clarify that she's still working with her coach Carlos Rodriguez. "Yeah, he didn't come with me in Stuttgart, so when I was here, so many people just ask me, Are you still working with Carlos? I said, 'Of course.' So, yeah, he will be come here. I mean, I was, how you say, so happy he can come to my team to coach me. I think for me, he's not only tennis coach. I think after I was working with him I feel much stronger in my mind and also much stronger on the court. So you have to prepare everything and just ready for the tournament."
Li has won both her career matches against the 22 year old Paszek who's ranked 31 in the world, both in straight sets.