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Australian Open 2014: Li Na beats Bouchard, reaches final

Melbourne, Australia: Li Na has her third and probably best chance to win the Australian Open final after advancing with a 6-2, 6-4 win over 19-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.   No. 4-seeded Li, the 2011 French
India TV News Desk January 23, 2014 10:43 IST
India TV News Desk
Melbourne, Australia: Li Na has her third and probably best chance to win the Australian Open final after advancing with a 6-2, 6-4 win over 19-year-old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.
  


No. 4-seeded Li, the 2011 French Open champion, is the only major winner and the highest-ranked player still in contention after the fourth-round upsets of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova and defending champion Victoria Azarenka's quarterfinal loss to Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.
   
No. 5-seeded Radwanska was playing Dominika Cibulkova in the second semifinal later Thursday.
   
Li lost last year's Australian Open final to Azarenka, after falling over and hitting her head twice on the court. She lost the 2011 decider to Kim Clijsters, her first appearance in a Grand Slam final, and recovered from that loss to win her one and only major at Roland Garros.
   
"Last time was a little bit tough. I will try this time to make one more step," Li said. "Tough match of course in the final. I think for sure both will try fight on the court because it's one more step to take the trophy."
   
Li considered quitting the tour after the French Open last year, when she was beaten in the second round and was struggling with the off-court pressure. After reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, the Chinese star opted against retiring and then reached the U.S. Open semifinals. Li, who turns 32 next month, has gone another step further in Australia.