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Li Na will compete for her second Grand Slam title in the 2014 Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Li Na praises coach Carlos Rodriguez for giving her a 'new way to play' as she stands on the verge of second Grand Slam title

Na will take on Dominika Cibulkova in the Australian Open final after a number of top seeds fell by the wayside

Belarus's Victoria Azarenka (L) walks on court during her women's singles match against Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska

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The top three seeds are out before the semi-final stage in Melbourne

Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova celebrates after victory in her women's singles quarter-final against Romania's Simona Halep
Rafael Nadal celebrates his quarter-final triumph

Australian Open 2014: Rafael Nadal battles to four-set victory over Grigor Dimitrov to reach the semi-finals

But defending women's champion Victoria Azarenka is out

Sloane Stephens pictured at the Australian Open

Australian Open 2014: Sloane Stephens denies she was celebrating loss of Serena Williams to Ana Ivanovic

The American said she was mimicking members of Ivanovic's entourage

Maria Sharapova crashed out of the Australian Open in a shock loss to Dominika Cibulkova

Australian Open 2014: Maria Sharapova the latest big name to crash out of women's singles after defeat to Dominika Cibulkova

Sharapova followed Serena Williams in an early exit after 3-6 6-4 6-1 defeat

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.

Caroline Wozniacki was knocked out of the Australian Open after losing 4-6 7-5 6-3 to young Spaniard Garbine Muguruza

Australian Open 2014: Maria Sharapova battles on but it's the same old Grand Slam woes for Caroline Wozniacki

Wozniacki suffered her eighth consecutive Grand Slam exit before the quarter-finals in the 4-6 7-5 6-3 defeat by fast-improving young Spaniard Garbine Muguruza

Victoria Azarenka takes a medical time-out during the 2013 Australian Open semi-final against Sloane Stephens

Australian Open 2014: Victoria Azarenka and Sloan Stephens set to do their talking on the court in repeat of controversial semi-final

Stephens was fighting back last year when Azarenka took a medical time-out which some suggested was tactical in order to break her opponents rhythm

Azarenka broke unseeded Yvonne Meusburger's serve twice in the first four games and was rarely troubled

Australian Open 2014: Defending champion Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova into fourth round

Two-time defending champion Victoria Azarenka made it all look routine Saturday in defeating unseeded Yvonne Meusburger 6-1, 6-0 in a third-round match at the Australian Open.

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.

Maria Sharapova has called for clarity over the extreme heat ruling that saw play at the Australian Open suspended

Australian Open 2014: Maria Sharapova calls for clarity over extreme heat policy after she questions where the limit is for struggling players

The Russian was expressing her concern after she battled through a gruelling three-and-a-half hour match with Karin Knapp

Maria Sharapova celebrates her victory over Karin Knapp in the Australian Open second round

Australian Open 2014: Maria Sharapova battles through three-and-a-half hour epic to beat Karin Knapp in second round

Temperatures reached 42.4C during the draining match which Sharapova eventually came through 6-3 4-6 10-8

Andy Murray takes a much-needed drinks break during training at Melbourne Park

Australian Open 2014: Andy Murray and co prepare for 'inhuman' heatwave of 40C in Melbourne

The tournament has an “extreme heat policy” under which the referee can suspend play on outside courts and close the roofs

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