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Li Na is ready to handle the pressure of an Australian Open

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Li Na is ready to handle the pressure of a Grand Slam final on Saturday when she faces Dominika Cibulkova for the title.

The Chinese athlete has twice been a runner up in Melbourne but she faces Cibulkova, who will be making her Grand Slam debut this weekend.

The 20th seed is also the first Slovakian to play in a major final, but Li Na believes she is prepared: "I think I'm ready, It's the same for her.

"I think we both should be ready. After six matches, everyone has more confidence to prepare for the final."

It's the 31-year-old's third Australian Open final in four years but she was  defeated by Kim Clijsters and Victoria Azarenka in her previous attempts.

"I think it is the third time, so I've been pretty close to the trophy.

"At least I'll try to not fall down this time, because last year in the final I think I played well but was unlucky because of falling down twice. This time I'll try to enjoy it and stay healthy."

Na has played Cibulkova four times before and currently holds a 4-0 record over the Slovakian.

Meanwhile, Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer in the mens second semi-final to secure a clash with Stanislas Wawrinka, another Swiss, in the final on Sunday.

The world number one overcame more hand blister troubles to power past a resurgent Federer under the lights in the Rod Laver arena in front of the great man.

In what was a close match early on, Nadal eventually had too much and secured a straight sets victory 7-6(7-4) 6-3 6-3 to make it a 23rd win out of 33 meeting with the Swiss.

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