All smiles: China’s Li Na celebrates with her second Grand Slam trophy

Australian Open 2014: Experience counts as Li Na has last laugh

Chinese proves too strong for debutant finalist in winning Australian Open at the third attempt

The Australian Open completes a full circle for Nadal

Australian Open 2014: Rafael Nadal up for double record Down Under

The Australian Open has not always brought Rafael Nadal good fortune, but the year’s opening Grand Slam tournament is set to provide him with his latest stepping stone on the route to sporting greatness. If Nadal beats Stanislas Wawrinka in today’s final – and the bookmakers have him as a red-hot favourite to do so – he will move into joint second place on the all-time list of male Grand Slam champions and become the first man in the Open era to win all four of the sport’s major titles twice.

Dominika Cibulkova celebrates after beating Agnieszka Radwanska to progress to the Australian Open final

Australian Open 2014: Underdog Dominika Cibulkova upsets Agnieszka Radwanska to set-up final against Li Na

Semi-final thrashing came after Na saw off 19-year-old sensation Eugenie Bouchard with the pair set to collide on Saturday

Serena Williams reacts during her defeat by Ana Ivanovic at the Australia Open on Sunday

Serena Williams included on Indian Wells entry list as 13-year boycott could end after watching Nelson Mandela film

Williams admitted that she has thought about ending her absence from the March tournament having purposely avoided it after alleged heckling and racial abuse

Andy Murray (pictured practicing with coach Ivan Lendl, left) could be involved in three Davis Cup matches next week

Australian Open 2014: Ivan Lendl lets facade drop to praise Andy Murray's recovery

Coming from Old Stoneface himself, this was praise indeed for Andy Murray. "He is hitting the ball great," Ivan Lendl, the Scot's coach said. "I think he has played enough matches now. I am not concerned about that."

Na Li of China is interview on court after winning her quarterfinal match against Flavia Pennetta

Australian Open 2014: Li Na reaches semi-finals with straight-forward victory over Flavia Pennetta

The Chinesewoman's semi-finals opponent will be Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard

19-year-old Kyle Edmund has been selected in Great Britain's Davis Cup squad

Australian Open 2014: Kyle Edmund could partner Andy Murray after inclusion in Great Britain Davis Cup squad

The 19-year-old was named for the first time by captain Leon Smith and could be handed the second doubles slot to play alongside the Wimbledon champion after impressing

Victoria Azarenka breezed past Sloane Stephens in the Australian Open fourth round

Australian Open 2014: Victoria Azarenka breezes past Sloane Stephens to dispel memories of controversial victory last year

The defending champions looks in formidable form after cruising to a 6-3 6-2 victory

Australian Open 2014: Caroline Wozniacki down and out but Rafael Nadal keeps up winning ways

When Caroline Wozniacki was world No 1, her critics always pointed to the fact that she had never won a Grand Slam title. Now that the 23-year-old Dane is heading out of the world’s top 10 it seems she does not even have it in her to make the quarter-finals any more.

Serena Williams celebrates her third round victory over Daniela Hantuchova at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Serena Williams inspired by Nelson Mandela to end Indian Wells boycott

The Williams sisters have not played there since 2001, but the world Number One admits the Mandela biopic Long Walk to Freedom has made her reconsider

Jamie Murray (L) suffered from heat stroke following his victory with doubles partner John Peers (R) over Matt Reid and Luke Saville at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Dizziness, cramp and fatigue as heat stops play at last - with Jamie Murray among the worst affected

The hottest day of the Australian Open so far finally saw play suspended but only after a succession of players suffered in the 43C heat. One of the worst affected was Jamie Murray, who experienced painful body cramps for several hours after winning his doubles match.

Serena Williams has regretted her complaint over the cold temperatures in Melbourne with the heat set to dominate opening week of Grand Slam

Australia Open: Serena Williams regrets 'freezing' Melbourne complaints with temperatures set to soar

Williams admits she is not looking forward to the expected heat that will hit the first week of the opening Grand Slam of 2014

Andy Murray will face Go Saeda of Japan in the first round of the Australian Open.

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray to face Japan's Go Soeda as he is drawn in same half as Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic

Laura Robson will face Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens in the women's draw

McIlroy in Sydney at the beginning of December. The former world No 1 believes he has his mojo back

Rory McIlroy targets two major wins in 2014

Former world No 1 Rory McIlroy believes he has his mojo back and wants to win two majors this year.

Victoria Azarenka

French Open: Victoria Azarenka faces Maria Sharapova in first semi-final at Roland Garros

Third seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus ended Russian 12th seed Maria Kirilenko's stern resistance 7-6(3) 6-2 to claim her maiden French Open semi-final spot on Wednesday.

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