MELBOURNE, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- China's Li Na charged into the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-2, 6-2 win over local Olivia Rogowska at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday, her best run at a Grand Slam event since her champion of the French Open.
Li, who lost last year's Australian Open final to Kim Clijsters but rebounded at Roland Garros to become the first Asian player to win a Grand Slam singles title, steamrolled 20-year-old Australian in 62 minutes with raw power from the baseline.
Fifth seed Li was broken in the first set but proved too strong for the Australian wildcard. Landing nearly 80 percent of her serves, Li captured the decisive break at 3-2 in the second set when Rogowska slapped a forehand wide and enjoyed her return to center court.
Li, who will be 30 next month and is seeded No. 5 at Melbourne Park, said she had great memories of the start of 2011.
"I'm feeling always good to come back to Rod Laver Arena," she said, "especially when you had a good memory here last year. This year is much better than last year - more fans come to watch me play, not only from China but all over the world."
"Playing against Rogowska is as easy as the scores looked like, I had some hard fight games today," said Li, pointing out she will be 30 next month and Rogowska is only 20.
"She played good tennis, but she is young, she could not control the play when she had to do that," Li added.
However, Li's compatriot Peng Shuai, the 16th seed, became a second-round casualty when she was upset in straight sets by Iveta Benesova from the Czech Republic, 6-2, 6-4.
Li will face Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues in the third round after the 26th-seeded Spaniard blasted Olga Govortsova of Belarus 6-1, 6-0 while China's Zheng Jie plays her second match, against Italian Roberta Vinci, on Thursday.