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

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Australian Open 2014: Dominika Cibulkova faces a tall order in beating Li Na in the final

The 5ft 3in tall player can become the first Grand Slam singles winner from Slovakia with victory on Saturday

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

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

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

Australian Open 2013: Defeat for Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova may prove strength in depth in women's game

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

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia reacts to a point to Eugenie Bouchard of Canada during her defeat at the quarter-final stage

Australian Open 2014: Eugenie Bouchard battles back from a set down to knock out Ana Ivanovic - and win even more hearts in Melbourne

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

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

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

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

Australian Open 2014: Serena Williams shocked by Ana Ivanovic while Novak Djokovic powers on against Fabio Fognini

The American, gunning for her 18th Grand Slam title, struggled with a back injury

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.

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