Li Na is the oldest ever female Australian Open champion
Chinese proves too strong for debutant finalist in winning Australian Open at the third attempt
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.
Wawrinka will head into his first ever Grand Slam final against a man he has never won a set against
She edged nervous first set on tie-break before easing to 7-6 (7/3) 6-0 victory
The 5ft 3in tall player can become the first Grand Slam singles winner from Slovakia with victory on Saturday
The Swiss was beaten in straight sets in his semi-final meeting with Nadal
The Spaniard won despite a large blister causing him pain throughout and will now play the new Swiss number one Stanislas Wawrinka in Sunday's final
Williams admitted that she has thought about ending her absence from the March tournament having purposely avoided it after alleged heckling and racial abuse
Murray was taking part in just his second tournament since coming back from back surgery
The top three seeds are out before the semi-final stage in Melbourne
After beating Andy Murray the former world number one will meet Rafael Nadal in the semi-final
But defending women's champion Victoria Azarenka is out
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."
The Canadian youngster looked completely at home as she knocked out Serena Williams' conqueror to reach the semi-finals with a 5-7 7-5 6-2 win
The Beady Eye singer showed off his backhand – and a closely shaved new haircut – in the Hot Shots area of Melbourne Park