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Li Na and Dominika Cibulkova make Australian Open final

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Li Na remains on course for her second Grand Slam title (©GettyImages)
Li Na remains on course for her second Grand Slam title (©GettyImages).

Li Na and Dominika Cibulkova both booked their places in the final of The Australian Open last night, with respective wins over both Eugenie Bouchard and Agneiszka Radwanska.

Fourth seed Li Na completely dominated her teenage opposition and rushed into a 5-0 lead in just 14 minutes, before taking the straight-set victory 6-2 6-4 to reach her third Melbourne final.

The Chinese former French Open told BBC Sport: "Last time was a little bit tough so I will try this time to make one more step.

"I think after working with the coach, it's not only about my technique. I'm playing much stronger on court and more stable from the first point."

20th seed Cibulkova produced one of the shocks of the tournament when she sent Maria Sharapova home last week, and last night she overcame fifth seed Radwanska 6-1 6-2 in just 70 minutes to become the first Slovakian to reach a Grand Slam final. 

Radwanska hit her height in the competition when she knocked out defending champion Victoria Azarenka back in the quarter finals, but she was no match for the 24-year-old, who never looked back and will now face Na in the women's singles final on Saturday for the season's opening Grand Slam.

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