China's fifth-seeded Li Na breezed into the third round of the US Open and a revenge match against Britain's Laura Robson with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph Wednesday over 100th-ranked Swede Sofia Arvidsson.
Li, the 2011 French Open champion, needed only 64 minutes to book a date with 30th seed Robson, who ousted Li in the third round last year at Flushing Meadows in what ranks among the English standout's biggest career victories.
"At the time it was the biggest," Robson said. "I remember being so nervous when I walked on court, just fighting through that and sticking with her.
"She made a lot of mistakes in the first set, which helped quite a lot. Hopefully she'll do that again."
Li, for her part in the drama, cannot wait to show Robson just how improved she is since that third-round ouster a year ago, when the Briton was ranked 89th rather than being a fellow seed.
"I think both of us have improved a lot," Li said. "I'm really looking forward to playing against her. I would like to show her what I can do on the court and see how different we are.
"For sure a really challenging, lefty, aggressive player. Also, I can prove to myself after one year whether I can do better than last year."
Robson doesn't see much difference in her position despite her rise in the rankings.
"I don't think so. She's still the higher-ranked player," Robson said. "I'm going to go out there like I approach every other match and just try my best. Definitely a big match against Li Na. it's going to be a tough one."
Robson eliminated France's Caroline Garcia 6-4, 7-6 (7/5), but Li finished ahead of rain that delayed the start of Robson's match for more than four hours.
"It's tough for them. It's comforting for me, just relax for the rest of the day and do whatever I want," Li said.
"At least I've done my job. I was so lucky before the rain came that I finished the match so I don't have to wait and warm up and come to the court again."
Li, the first Chinese player to win a Grand Slam title with her Roland Garros triumph, was a runner-up at this year's Australian Open, but her best US Open finish was a 2009 run to the quarter-finals.
She hoped for a similar charge last year before Robson doomed those plans.
Li, wearing a right knee brace, broke in the second game of the match and again in the final game of the first set to win it in 32 minutes. After an early exchange of breaks, Li won the final four games of the second set.
"After win it looks like easy match, but is not really easy," Li said. "Last time I played her was very tough second set. I improved a little bit my serve and come to the net more."
The 31-year-old from Wuhan fired four aces and 29 winners in all as she improved to 3-0 against Arvidsson.
"I was pretty happy," Li said. "I followed the game plan."