Australian Open 2014: Li Na vs Dominika Cibulkova, Women Single`s Final - As it happened...
Last Updated: Saturday, January 25, 2014, 17:25
  
Australian Open 2014: Li Na vs Dominika Cibulkova, Women Single`s Final - As it happened...
Zee Media Bureau/Manushree Chaumal

Li Na wins the Australian Open Women's Single Title defeating Dominika Cibulkova 7-6, 6-0.

MATCH REPORT»

SECOND SET: Li leads 6-0

Cibulkova serves, Li hits a backhand winner down the line. 0-15. A double handed cross-court winner by Li, 0-30. Cibulkova hits a forehand winner down the line. 15-30. Cibulkova's backhand goes wide. 15-40. Match point for Li. Cibulkova saves it as Li's forehand goes wide. 30-40. Li returns a forehand return, short rally, Cibulkova's forehand goes wide. Li Na wins!

SECOND SET: Li leads 5-0

Li serves. A double fault. 0-15. A short rally. Li forehand lands at nets. 0-30. Fine serve by Li. Cibulkova return land at net 15-30. Li returns a forehand winner down the line. 30-30. Slice serve by Li, Cibulkova unable to return. 40-30. Well served by Li. Hits a winner again. Takes the lead 4-0.

SECOND SET: Li leads 4-0

Cibulkova serves. Good one. 15-0. Cibulkova hits at the nets. 15-15. Li's backhand goes wide 30-15. Li hits a cross court backhand. 30-30. Yet another backhand cross-court winner by Li. 30-40. Breaks the serve with a backhand.

SECOND SET: Li leads 3-0

Li hits a forehand winner down the line. 15-0. Serve aims at T, Cibulkova returns well, Li comes ahead, volleys a winner. 30-0. Ace! 40-0. Cibulkova hit a winner down the line. 40-15. Li serves well, Cibulkova again, goes for a forehand winner down the line. 40-30. Li takes the game with a backhand winner down the line.

SECOND SET: Li leads 2-0

Cibulkova serves. Li hits the backhand error. 15-0. Li's forehand goes wide. 30-0. A double fault bu Cibulkova. 30-15. Forehand return by Li. Cibulkova backhand lands in net. 30-30. Li returns a forehand winner down the line. 30-40. Cibulkova's return goes wide, Li takes the game.

SECOND SET: Li leads 1-0

Li serves. Her forehand goes wide. 0-15. Back-hand return winner by Cibulkova. 0-30. Li serves well. Cibulkova returns with a backhand. Forehand winner by Li. 15-30. Cibulkova fails to return next serve, 30-30. Cibulkova returns well, a long rally follows, Li comes near the net, volleys a forehand winner. 40-30. Li sends her serve down the T, Cibulkova forehand goes wide. Li takes the game.

FIRST SET TIE BREAKER: Li wins the first set 7-6

Dominika serves, Li returns with forehand winner. 0-1. Li takes the next point with a back hand winner. 1-1. Li takes, five back to back point, taking the lead to 5-1. Cibulkova returns with a backhand winner. 5-2. Cibulokva takes a cross court winner. 5-3. Li hits a forehand return winner. 6-3. Takes the set, after Cibulkova's back hand cross court lands at net.

FIRST SET: Li leads 6-5

Long rally. Li's forehand goes wide. 0-15. Fine serve, Li hits a forehand return winner. 15-15. Double fault by Li. 15-30. A brief rally. Li takes the point with a forehand down the line. 40-15. Li hits an excellent cross court forehand. After a short rally, Cibulkova's backhand lands at the net. Li wins the game.

FIRST SET: Scores level 5-5.

Li serving to stay in game. Li seals first point with a a forehand return. 15-0. Cibulkova returns well, Li's cross court forehand lands at the net. 15-15. Cibulkova unable to return Li's serve, 30-15. Cibulkova returns with forehand, followed by Li's forehand down the winner. 40-15. Cibulkova takes next point with a forehand return. 40-30. Li seals the game with an ace.

FIRST SET: Cibulkova leads 5-4

Good serve in the middle by Li. Li returns with a backhand. Takes the point with the next backhand down the line. 0-15. Cibulkova's seals next point with a backhand winner. 15-15. Li unable to return next serve. 30-15. Cibulkova serves well, but Li returns with a forehand winner. 30-30. Li fails to return next serve. 40-30. Li produces a back hand down the line. 40-40. Deuce#1. Li's cross court lands at net. Advantage Cibulkova. Double fault by Cibulkova. Deuce#2. Li take the point with a fine back hand winner. Advantage Li. Good serve by Cibulkova. Deuce#3. Cibulkova serves well, Li's goes for a back hand. Cibulkova strikes cross court winner. Advantage Cibulkova. Li's forehand goes by. Cibulkova wins the game.

FIRST SET: Scores level 4-4

Cibulkova fails to return the serve, 15-0. Cibulkova returns next forehand cross court wide. 30-0. Excellent serve down the T by Li. 40-0. Li takes the game with a forehand cross court winner.

FIRST SET: Cibulkova leads 4-3

Li returns the serve with good forehand. A short rally follows. Li's next forehand lands in the nets.15-0. Li's backhand lands in net. 30-0. Cibulkova take the next pint with a forehand winner down the line. 40-0. Seals the game with a winner.

FIRST SET: Scores level 3-3

Cibulkova takes the point with a backhand winner. 0-15. Li serves well, Cibulkoa return lands at the net. 15-15. Li serves back, Cibukova's return excellent. Li's forehand goes wide. 15-30. Double fault by Li. 15-40. Yet another double fault. Cibulkova breaks Li serve.

FIRST SET: Li Na leads 3-2

Li returns the Cibulkova serve with a back hand return. A forehand error by Li. 15-0. Good serve. A short rally. LI's forehand goes wide again. 30-0. Li unable to return next serve. 40-0. A double fault by Cibulkova. 40-15. A good rally follows next serve. Li wins the point. 40-30. Good serve by Cibulkova. Li goes for a forehand down the line, but misses. Cibulkova wins the game.

FIRST SET: Li Na leads 3-1

First fault by Li. Goes for the second serve. After a short rally. Li's forehand lands at the net. 0-15. Cibulkova unable to return the next serve, 15-15. Good serve down the T by Li. Good return by Cibulkova. Li takes the point by back hand winner. 30-15. Li serves well. 40-15. Li serves well. Cibulkova returns with a forehand. Li returns, Cibulkova's forehand goes wide. Li takes the game.

FIRST SET: Li Na leads 2-1

Fine serve by Cibulkova 15-0. Li returns next with a forehand winner. 15-15. Next serve also returned by Li, in same fashion. Forehand winner. 15-30. Good serve by Cibulkova. 30-30. Li's return a winner. 30-40. Cibulkova makes it deuce with a forehand winner. 40-40. A short rally. Li's return goes wide. Advantage Cibulkova. Yet another rally. Li's backhand cross court takes the score back to deuce. Li forces the error, Cibulkova's forehand goes wide. Advantage Li. A good serve by Cibulkova forces Li's forehand error. Advantage Cibulkova. Takes the game with a fine serve.

FIRST SET: Li Na leads 2-0

Cibulkova unable to return Li's serve. 0-15. Cibulkova returns the next serve with a winner down the line. 15-15. A short rally, Li's backhand lands at net. 15-30. Li hits a slice serve, 30-30. Next fine serve by Li, Cibulkova returns it. Li again fires a back hand winner down the line. 30-40. Seals the game with a fine serve.

FIRST SET: Li Na leads 1-0

Cibulkova serves. Li Na returns, Cibulkova goes for a forehand that goes over the baseline, 15-0. A short rally, Cibulkova again makes the forehand error. 0-30. Li Na returns the next serve well, a quick rally follows, but Li forehand goes wide. First point for Cibulkova. 15-30. Fine serve again by Cibulkova. 30-30. A double fault! Li Na 40-30. A double fault by Cibulkova. 40-40. Li hits a winner down the line. Advantage Li. Another double fault by Cibulkova. Li Takes the first service game.


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Chris Evert has brought in the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup at the Rod Laver Arena, amidst packed audience. Li Na wins the toss and elects to receive first.

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Melbourne: With the Vika dominance coming to an end at the Melbourne Park, a new queen awaits her coronation. Li Na, the Chinese number One and the unheralded Dominika Cibulkova, who has had a dream run till the finals, will fight for the coveted Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup today at the Rod Laver Arena.

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First Published: Saturday, January 25, 2014, 17:25


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