Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Frenchman kidnapped in Algeria: 'IS'-linked jihadists claim abduction of 55 year-old tourist

Read more

DEBATE

What's the deal with Turkey? (part 2)

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

The Sarkozy soap opera

Read more

DEBATE

What's the deal with Turkey?

Read more

LIFESTYLES

New road trip

Read more

LIFESTYLES

High-tech in France

Read more

DOWN TO EARTH

Global warming: A drowning planet

Read more

THE BUSINESS INTERVIEW

Christian Kastrop, Director of Policy Studies, OECD

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Sarkozy's political comeback: Did he ever leave?

Read more

Sport

Slovakia’s Cibulkova to face China's Li in Australian final

© AFP

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-23

Chinese tennis star Li Na will meet Slovakia’s Dominika Cibulkova (pictured) at the final of the Australian Open on Saturday, after both women easily swept aside their opponents in their respective singles semi finals.

Cibulkova, 24, became the first Slovakian to reach a grand slam final after steamrolling through the competition.

The Slovak booked her place in the Open final after overwhelming fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 6-2 on Friday.

She grabbed three breaks of serve to take the first set with a crunching backhand winner. Poland's Radwanska appeared more focused in the second set but was simply outplayed by Cibulkova, who ran down everything and slammed winners on both sides.

Cibulkova threw her racket in the air and collapsed onto the court in delight when Radwanska netted after 70 minutes.

A day earlier, Li cruised into her second consecutive Australian Open final by brushing aside Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4.

Strong competition from Li

While Bouchard wowed the crowds in Melbourne this year, she was no match for Li on Thursday. It took the Quebecois 13 attempts before she finally won a point on her own serve in Rod Laver Arena.

Bouchard’s game lifted in the second set, and she came through a pivotal second game to take a 2-0 advantage.

But Li rallied back, exploiting the newcomer’s poor serving and delivering fierce shots to defeat Bouchard and claim a ticket to the final.

Li, 31, has reached three Australian Open finals in the past five years, but has yet to claim the grand slam title.

(FRANCE 24 with Reuters, AFP)

Date created : 2014-01-23

  • TENNIS

    Wawrinka ends Djokovic's Australian Open reign

    Read more

  • Tennis

    Djokovic turns to Boris Becker in his pursuit of Nadal

    Read more

  • TENNIS

    Djokovic beats Murray to take record third Australian Open

    Read more

COMMENT(S)