MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Fourth-seed Li Na has reached the women’s finals at the Australian Open by dominating 30th-seed Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 6-2, 6-4. It’s her second straight Australian Open final and third overall.
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.
Li will meet 20th seed Dominka Cibulkova, who dispatched fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in straight sets 6-1, 6-2. It’s the Slovakian’s first Grand Slam final appearance.
For the men, seventh seed Tomas Berdych was beaten by No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka in a semifinal 6-3, 7-6, 6-7, 7-6.