Li aiming to avoid Melbourne hat-trick

January 23, 2014
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Li Na is determined to erase the memories of final losses in 2011 and 2013 when she takes on Dominika Cibulkova in the final of the Australian Open.

The Chinese lost in three sets to Kim Clijsters three years ago, while in 2013 Victoria Azarenka came out on top in another three-set tussle.

However, Li now has another chance to be crowned champion in Melbourne, having swept aside Eugenie Bouchard 6-2 6-4 in the last four.

And the fourth seed is determined to try and take that one further step needed to be crowned champion, as she told reporters: "Last time was a little bit tough. I will try this time to make one more step.

"Tough match of course in the final. I think for sure we both will try fight on the court, because it's one more step to take the trophy."

Li is 1.36 to finally become Australian Open champion, with the Chinese 1.90 to win the final in straight sets and 3.50 to overcome Cibulkova in three sets.

However, Cibulkova, who is 3.25 to win her first Grand Slam title, is set to pose a major threat, having thrashed fifth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1 6-2 in the semi-finals.

Cibulkova, who is the first Slovak to reach a Grand Slam final, has lost all of her previous four meetings with Li, but is determined to enjoy her first time in a major final.

She added: "I think I will be prepared. I just want to go out there and enjoy it, the same way I have enjoyed all my matches."

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