Defending French open champion Li wins in 3 sets

Defending champion Li Na needed three sets to reach the fourth

round of the French Open on Saturday.

The seventh-seeded Li, who last year became the first Chinese

player to win a Grand Slam singles title, held on to beat Christina

McHale of the United States 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.

Li committed 44 unforced errors in the match, 20 more than her

unseeded opponent.

The last woman to successfully defend her title at Roland Garros

was Justine Henin, who won three straight from 2005-07.