Li Na to Play Dominika Cibulkova in Australian Open 2014 Final

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In the first Ladies Semi Final match on Rod Laver Arena on Thursday, 4th seed and the oldest player left in the draw, Na Li took on Eugenie Bouchard, the 30th seed and youngest player remaining. Li totally overpowered Bouchard in every aspect of the game and ran up a 5-0 lead in just 14 minutes. Serving for the set, Li served two doubles to allow the Canadian to break to love to get onto the scoreboard. Bouchard then held to trail 2-5 but Li, serving for the set with new balls, battled through a double and a break point before taking it 6-2. The first two games of the second set went to numerous break and advantage points on both sides of the net. In the first Bouchard held and in the second she broke Li on her third advantage point. Li then broke back levelled for 2-2. This set was now at the same time it had taken her to win the first set. The Chinese player then returned to the majestic tennis she played in the first set with amazing winners in all the corners. Two further breaks ensued before Li got another break to love and then hold for 4-3. Bouchard also held, but it was the last, as Li served out the set on her first set point.

In comparison to the excitement of the second set of the first semi, the second semi was a very one-sided affair from beginning to end. 5th seed Agnieszka Radwanska played 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova. From the outset the Pole looked lethargic and flat, while the Slovak was bursting out of her skin with energy and commitment. Cibulkova broke in the very first game and led 2-0 before Radwanska got a game. Cibulkova held after saving 5 break points and went on to take the set 6-1 in just 37 minutes. In the second set the Slovak ran up a 4-0 lead before the Pole took two games in a row. Cibulkova held, then broke Radwanska to love to take the set 6-2 and book her first Slam final appearance.

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