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Li Na claims Australian Open crown

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Li Na has won her second major trophy after she defeated Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 7-6, 6-0 to clinch the 2014 Australian Open Women’s singles title.

The current world number four, who dropped only a single set throughout the tournament, carried her sizzling form into the final to collect the second Grand Slam of her 15-year career.

After coming through a tightly contested first set where she took the tie break 7-3, she cruised to victory without dropping a game in the following set. 

It was a case of third time lucky for the 31-year-old having twice fallen at the last hurdle at Rod Laver Arena to Kim Clijsters in 2011 and Victoria Azarenka in 2013.

Before tonight's hard earned triumph, Li last tasted glory on the biggest stage at Rolland Garros in 2011 against then defending champion Francesca Schiavone.

On the other hand, although Cibulkova’s search for a maiden Grand Slam trophy ended in disappointment, she made history by becoming the first Slovakian to reach the final of a Grand Slam.

The diminutive 24-year-old produced a hatful of dramatic upsets during a hugely impressive campaign in Melbourne including victories over top-ten seeds Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska.

Stanislas Wawrinka and Rafael Nadal will contest the Men’s final at Melbourne Park tomorrow evening.

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