Wimbledon.com's highlights from the eleventh day of play at the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne
Li Na d. Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-4
Will it be third time lucky for Li Na? The two-time Australian Open finalist is into her third final at Melbourne Park after rifling past 19-year-old Genie Bouchard in straight sets. Hitting 34 winners to Bouchard's 10, dominating the Canadian's serve and generally never looking like losing, it was an impressively focused performance from Li. She led 5-0 in the opening set after a matter of minutes, true, was pushed back to 5-2, before serving it out on her second set point. Bouchard grabbed some momentum back in the second, leading 2-0 with a break, the pair taking it turns to break until they balanced out at 3-3. And then Li made her move. Breaking and holding to lead 5-3, she made the 19-year-old serve to stay in the match, and then served it out in style, the last point a baseline scrabble which ended, like so many of them did, with a Li cross court winner.
"I think beginning of the match I play very well. Second set was a little bit tight because I was feeling, yeah, one set in target. Is more like pretty feeling one feet already in the final," Li said.
And her ambition for the final? Not to fall over.
"I think is the third time, so pretty close to the trophy. Yeah, at least I try to not falling down this time, because last year in the final I think I play well but I only can say unlucky because falling down twice.
"At least I try enjoy and staying healthy."
Bouchard will be back
If Genie Bouchard didn't make any more Canadian history today, she did assure her growing legions of fans that she will get another opportunity, proving, and saying, that she is aiming high. Grand Slam title high. The 19-year-old may have been outplayed by Li Na over their two semi-final sets, but she said that the positive is that she is learning from the entire experience, and is more motivated than ever to continue to achieve something she has been working for since she was five years old.
Li agrees. "I think she play well today," Li said. "She's young. She hit ball well. I think for sure she can be very good player."
Dominika Cibulkova d. Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2
Few would have predicted, unless privy to different knowledge, that Radwanska would follow her seminal win over Victoria Azarenka with a somewhat lacklustre defeat to one of her oldest rivals. But the Pole had nothing in her legs to combat the pocket power and engery of Cibulkova, who became the first Slovak to reach a Grand Slam singles final.
She later revealed that it was the achievment of Marion Bartoli that had spurred her differently.
The follow up
Stanislas Wawrinka followed up his seminal win over Novak Djokovic with a four set over Tomas Berdych to reach his first Grand Slam final. What happens next?
Quote of the day
Q. Who named it Sheila?
Eugenie Bouchard: "It's her name. It says it right here."
Tweet of the day
My loss to Cibulkova 4 + 4 at Tarbes in U14s doesn't seem so bad now she's in the Aussie open final! have to dig the video out #memories
British player Amanda Elliott (@missyaelliott)
Video of the day
She may not be in Saturday's final, but a tribute to Radwanska's brilliant type of tennis
What to watch on Friday
ROD LAVER ARENA
3pm - Sania Mirza & Horia Tecau (6) v Jarmila Gajdosova & Matt Ebden
NB 4pm - Sara Errani & Roberta Vinci (1) v Ekaterina Makarova & Elena Vesnina (3)
NB 7.30pm - Roger Federer (6) v Rafael Nadal (1)
MARGARET COURT ARENA
3pm - Alexander Zverev (1) v Bradley Mousley
FB - Zheng Jie & Scott Lipsky v Mladenovic / Nestor or Hantuchova / Paes
For all the reports and results from Melbourne Park, visit the Official Australian Open website
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