27 Jan '11, 6am

China's Li Na beat World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki to be the first Asian woman to reach a Grand Slam final

China's Li Na beat World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki to be the first Asian woman to reach a Grand Slam final

China's Li Na celebrates after defeating Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki in their women's semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne. -- PHOTO: AP MELBOURNE - CHINA'S Li Na beat world number one Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the Australian Open semis on Thursday to become the first Asian woman to reach a Grand Slam final. Li courageously saved a match point before clawing her way back into the match, her second straight Australian Open semi-final, and dashing Wozniacki's hopes of winning a maiden major title. The Chinese number one fought back from a poor start where she made error after error to give Wozniacki easy points, to gradually overhaul her younger opponent in hot conditions on Rod Laver Arena. The 20-year-old Wozniacki had gone into the tournament having to fend off accusations that she wasn't a deserving world number one because she is...

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