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China's Li Na brushes aside Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard with straight sets win for a second consecutive Australian Open final appearance.
MELBOURNE: China's Li Na has swept into her second consecutive Australian Open final.
Using her experience, she brushed aside Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets on Thursday.
The fourth seeded Chinese 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.
The match lasted just under 90 minutes with Li Na firing four aces to her rival's two and 23 unforced errors.
This is Li Na's third finals at Melbourne Park in the last four years.
Last year, she lost to Victoria Azarenka and in 2011, went down to Kim Clijster. She also lost to Clijsters in the fourth round in 2012.
As for Canada's Bouchard, she is just the second Canadian player to make it to a grand slam semi-final, after Carling Bassett, who was a semi-finalist at the 1984 U.S. Open.
The 19-year-old, however, suffered from the start with the sun facing her, letting her first actual serve land in the wrong service box.
Li Na wasted little time in firing three backhand winners in the first game to break the young Canadian to love, before racing to 3-0 lead.
The Chinese held Bouchard behind the baseline and briefly lost concentration to allow the Canadian to win two games, before reclaiming the first set with a forehand volley.
The Canadian was unrattled going into the second set and held court until the momentum swung again into Li Na's favour to seal the match.