Tennis: Li ends Bouchard dream to make Australian Open final
MELBOURNE (AFP) - China's Li Na swept into her second consecutive Australian Open final on Thursday, using her all experience to brush aside Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets.
The fourth seed ended the 19-year-old's inspiring run at Melbourne Park 6-2, 6-4 and will play either fifth seed Agniezska Radwanska or 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova in Saturday's final.
Li, 31, has consistently been a solid performer on Melbourne's plexicushion courts over the last five years, now reaching three finals, as well as another semi-final and the fourth round.
But Li has never taken the next step, beaten by Kim Clijsters in 2011 and agonisingly by Victoria Azarenka in the final last year, when she dramatically twice rolled her ankle and briefly blacked out.