Escaping the death penalty in the Australian Open is not easy! Lucie Safarova narrowly lost as she had match point on her springs but missed the shot by just inches keeping Li Na's hope alive saving a match point to put her away 1-6, 7-6, 6-3 in a 2 1/2 hour battle in the scorching heat at Hisense Arena. She easily defeated Italian Flavia Pennetta with series of cross-court winners moving Flavia
side to side as Pennetta had no answers for the 2 time Austrailian open finalist.
The number 4 seed is closing the door to another Grand Slam final if she can hold on to her nerves. With Bouchard chasing but the light is getting dark as we speak and Li Na is seeing the finish line. The 19 year old played a remarkable gutsy championship with so much talent poise could not withstand the experience and power of Li Na 6-2, 6-4 ending with another backhand cross-court winner and a big smile in only 1:26 minutes. On to the finals for China's Queen of tennis with the winner of the Cibulkova and Radwanzka 2 quick crafty ladies! Great stuff!
Li Na with the strokes, and experience has shown more emotion as of late and I don't think she will let China down and she has not let me down! She leads Cibulkova 4-0 in matches and Radwanzka 6-5, and 2-2 in majors.