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Chinese interest key to Australian Open future

Updated: January 27, 2013, 12:02 PM ET
Associated Press

MELBOURNE, Australia -- When Li Na saw all the Chinese flags and heard the cheers of "Jia You," or "Let's Go" in Mandarin, during her Australian Open final against Victoria Azarenka, she thought she might have been in Beijing.

"I can hear a lot of Chinese fans, yeah," she said after losing to Azarenka in three sets Saturday night. "I was, oh, looks like China Open."

Li was joking, but Australian Open organizers would be pleased to hear the comparison. The tournament has long billed ...

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