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- - GAME, SET & MATCH - LI 7-6(3) 6-0 CIBULKOVA - Li sees out the match in style, claiming the second set six games to love. Cibulkova just cannot stay with her Chinese opponent, who out-hits her from the first ball of the service game. The fourth seeds carves out two Championship, and, despite missing with the first, takes the second as Cibulkova sends a forehand long.
- - LI 7-6(3) 5-0 CIBULKOVA - It's finally all coming together for Li, who races to a commanding 40-0 lead on her serve. Cibulkova takes advantage of a weak second serve, but Li digs in deep and is able to flip the momentum with a sweetly-struck cross-court backhand. The Slovak can only chip the ball back onto her opponent's side, where Li is waiting to put a drive volley away. She's now just one game away...
- - BREAK - LI 7-6(3) 4-0 CIBULKOVA - This is all-but over now. Li has finally found her rhythm and is now just two games away from claiming her first title at Melbourne Park. Cibulkova is again 30-0 to the good but can't see out the game with Li roaring back to seal the double-break.
- - LI 7-6(3) 3-0 CIBULKOVA - Li consolidates the break in the second set. Another backhand winner down the line seals the hold, and she lets out an almighty roar. She takes her time throughout the service game and starts to hit the ball a bit more sweetly. A commanding lead now, it must be said...
- - BREAK - LI 7-6(3) 2-0 CIBULKOVA - Well, well, well. Could this be the beginning of the end for Cibulkova? The 20th seed is 30-0 up, but falls to pieces on her serve. She fails to make another first serve and is punished by Li, who bludgeons her way to an early break.
- - LI 7-6(3) 1-0 CIBULKOVA - Li holds her first serve of the second set from 0-30 down. She continues to struggle with her first serve, as she did in the first set. But she pulls her game together to reel off four consecutive points and see out the game.
- - SET - LI 7-6(3) CIBULKOVA - The Slovak sprints back to the baseline following the change-over, hoping to stop the rot. And she does, to an extent, as she claims the first two points. But the unforced errors creep back in - and two consecutive dumped backhands into the net gift Li the first set.
- - TIE-BREAK - LI 6-6 (5-1) CIBULKOVA - Four very, very impressive points open this tie-break. The highest quality of tennis sees Li with an early mini-break of serve. Another ripping backhand winner down the line is followed up with a drive volley as the fourth seed enters the change-over four points to the good.
- - BREAK - LI 6-6 CIBULKOVA - Li can find no consistency at all, and is broken straight back. Poor serving, a woeful drop volley that barely makes the net and a couple of errors on the backhand make up a disappointing service game from the Chinese No. 1. We'll have a breaker to decide this first set.
- - BREAK - LI 6-5 CIBULKOVA - Much, much, much better from Li. The Chinese fourth seed shows her experience and cuts out the errors as she punishes the Cibulkova serve like she would have wanted to from the off. A reel of impressive returns help her to a break to 15. You'd think that she'd go on to secure this first set now, but there's been a real lack of consistency.
- - LI 5-5 CIBULKOVA - More of the same from the two ladies. Both are guilty of more unforced errors - Cibulkova the bigger culprit this time. Li keeps pace with her opponent, wrapping up the game with a booming ace down the 'T'.
- - LI 4-5 CIBULKOVA - Li will be hugely disappointed in the way she has returned so far today, and will hope to improve as this match wears on. Cibulkova only has a tame, sliced serve in her arsenal and, apart from the few occasions when she rips one out wide, should be put under pressure from the off. The Slovak digs deep, hangs in there and, somehow, holds serve. Wildly erratic from Lee. Far too many errors.
- - LI 4-4 CIBULKOVA - Another error-strewn game from the two. They've both lacked consistency, but will be happy they're still in this first set. The only thing that seems to be going right for Li so far today is the backhand down the line, which she uses effectively to earn a couple of game points. A well-constructed final point has Cibulkova covering every foot of the baseline and more, before Li puts away a cross-court backhand. Still on serve...
- - LI 3-4 CIBULKOVA - Cibulkova takes the lead for the first time in this match. She's moving much better and, although it's far from perfect, is serving with more accuracy, pace and intent. Li continues to miss simple ground strokes and is looking visibly agitated on court. A wicked slice serve out wide seals the hold.
- - BREAK - LI 3-3 CIBULKOVA - A magnificent point kicks off Li's service game. The two play to their full ability - trading bombs from the baseline before Cibulkova sees her opportunity, advancing to the net with an effective backhand approach to put away a splendid volley. It appears to have rattled Li as she sends down a couple of double faults to gift Cibulkova the break-back. The Slovak is well and truly in this first set now.
- - LI 3-2 CIBULKOVA - The Chinese fourth seed is struggling with her footwork and is getting too close to the ball - which, in turn, is forcing her to miss. She can't quite find the rhythm which usually makes her so hard to beat. Cibulkova's serve should be given the treatment, but her opponent can't quite get on top of it and she's still just the one break down.
- - LI 3-1 CIBULKOVA - A relatively straightforward game for Li, who doesn't have to do a great deal to win the game. Both players look a bit jittery - which is understandable - but Li, who has featured in the Grand Slam finals in the past, seems to be coping a bit better. Only just, though. A string of unforced errors from the Slovak hands Li the hold.
- - LI 2-1 CIBULKOVA - Cibulkova is serving poorly to allow Li into every single point. The 20th seed's service action means that she can only slice her serve towards her Chinese opponent, though she's not doing it with any great depth. Li, on the other hand, is now constructing her points to greater effect, penetrating the court with powerful ground strokes from the baseline. She's still guilty of a few errors, though, which allows for Cibulkova to claim her first hold of the match.
- - LI 2-0 CIBULKOVA - A surprisingly poor start from Li, who fails to construct her first three points effectively - going down 15-30. Cibulkova fails to deal with Li's weak second serve, running around her forehand to pull the backhand well wide. Li then earns her first game point with a stinging backhand winner down the line. A carbon copy backhand error on the second serve then hands Li the game. This next game is crucial for the Slovak.
- - BREAK - LI 1-0 CIBULKOVA - A shaky start from Cibulkova, who sends a couple of forehands long under pressure. Li races to 30-0, but the Slovak comes to the net - forcing Li to miss - to get her first point on the board. Two more unforced errors from the Chinese fourth seed gift Cibulkova her first game point, but, continuing in the error-strewn manner, the Grand Slam final debutant blows her chance. A big winner from Li is followed up by a double-fault. Not the best of starts...
- - The two players are out on court and will knock-up ahead of the first game. Li won the toss and has elected to return, putting pressure on her opponent's serve right from the off.
- - Despite Cibulkova's incredible run to the final, in which she defeated Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Radwanska, one thing we can't be sure on is how she will handle her first Grand Slam final nerves. Many players down the years have dealt with their first final in different ways - some thrive and others crumble. How do you think Cibulkova will cope today?
- - Slovakian Cibulkova will be contesting her first Grand Slam final after a hugely convincing semi-final victory over Agnieszka Radwanksa. The 20th seed dismantled her Polish opponent 6-1 6-2 and will be confident ahead of the final.
- - Li Na thrashed Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard 6-2 6-4 on Thursday to make her third final in Melbourne. The world No. 4 featured in the showpiece event in 2011 and in 2013, though she lost to Kim Clijsters and Victoria Azarenka in those years respectively.
- - This match-up is somewhat of a surprise to many, who thought world No. 1 Serena Williams would have gone on to lift her sixth title at Melbourne Park. However, in what has been one of the more exciting Australian Opens in recent years, Williams, along with a number of the other top seeds, fell early on - ensuring that we will have a new winner of the Aussie Open trophy.
- - Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the Australian Open women's final between fourth seed Li Na and 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova.
|Date of Birth||26/02/1982|
|Date of Birth||06/05/1989|