Li struggles to make Shenzhen quarters
The top-seeded Li Na stumbled into the Shenzhen Open quarterfinals with a messy 6-3, 6-4 win over Julia Cohen of the United States in the second round on Wednesday.
The Chinese star overcame five double faults and struggled on serve throughout the 94-minute match.
Li will play eighth-seeded Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia next.
No 2-seeded Marion Bartoli also advanced by defeating Swiss qualifier Stefanie Voegele 7-5, 6-4. Bartoli will take on fifth-seeded Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic for a place in the semifinals.
China's Zhou Yi-miao, ranked 177, completed the quarterfinals line-up with a 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (3) win over Taiwan's Chang Kai-chen. Romania's Monica Niculescu, who ousted No 7-seeded Laura Robson in the first round, will take on Zhou on Thursday.