Li Na, Petra Kvitova to play in Hopman Cup

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Li Na, from China, eyes a backhand during a match against Lucie Safarova, from the Czech Republic, at the Western & Southern Open, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011 in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

PERTH, Australia (AP) — French Open champion Li Na and Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova will contest the mixed-teams Hopman Cup tennis event in January as part of the lead-up to the Australian Open.

Li will partner 19-year-old Wu Di for China, while Kvitova will join ninth-ranked Tomas Berdych for the Czech Republic at the Dec. 31-Jan. 7 event.

The fifth-ranked Li, who was also runner-up at this year's Australian Open, became the first Asian player to win a Grand Slam singles title at Roland Garros.

Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt, whose world ranking has slipped to No. 165, will link up with No. 30 Jarmila Gajdosova for Australia.