Li Na advanced to the second round at Eastbourne on Tuesday, beating Alize Cornet of France 6-2, 6-4.
She'll next play 2011 champion Marion Bartoli. Play was suspended at 3-2 in the second set when a spectator collapsed in the stands.
Also advancing were Angelique Kerber of Germany, who defeated Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-4, and Petra Kvitova, who stopped Monica Niculescu 6-4, 6-1. Caroline Wozniacki led 6-2, 2-2 when defending champion Tamira Paszek retired with a left-thigh injury.