Updated: Thursday, 08 May 2014 19:49 | By Agence France-Presse

Li Na overcomes Stephens to make Madrid Open quarters

World number two Li Na came from a set down to beat 16th seed Sloane Stephens 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open on Thursday.


Li Na overcomes Stephens to make Madrid Open quarters

Chinese player Li Na celebrates after winning her women's singles third round tennis match against US player Sloane Stephens at the Madrid Masters at the Magic Box (Caja Magica) sports complex in Madrid on May 8, 2014. Li won the match 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 - by Pierre-Philippe Marcou

The Australian Open champion had no answer to Stephens's power in the first set as she dropped her first set of the week.

However, she responded well to take the next two sets and set up a meeting with four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova or Australian Sam Stosur in the last eight.

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