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PHOTOS: Li Na beats Cibulkova to win Australian Open

Last updated on: January 25, 2014 16:40 IST

PHOTOS: Li Na beats Cibulkova to win Australian Open

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China's Li Na became the first player from Asia-Pacific to clinch the Australian Open title after defeating Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 7-6, 6-0 at Melbourne Park on Saturday.

Cibulkova saved a match-point but hit a forehand wide to allow Li Na get third time lucky after the Chinese finished runners-up in the last two years.

Li became the fourth woman to win the title after fighting off a match-point in her third round match against Lucie Safarova.


Photographs: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

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Li Na won the first set 7-6 after being stretched into the tie-break.

She clinched it after an hour and 10 minutes.


Image: Li Na plays a backhand in her women's final match against Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia on Saturday
Photographs: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

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Cibulkova broke Li Na and then held serve in the last game to take the first set into the tie-breaker.

The last tie-break in a women's final at the Australian Open was in 2003 when the William sisters -- Serena and Venus -- clashed.


Image: Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia plays a forehand in her women's final match against Na Li of China
Photographs: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

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Among the big names present at the match was Former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber, with his partner Ann Neil.

Former World No 1 Chris Evert was also at the final to give away the winners' trophy.


Image: Former Formula 1 driver Mark Webber and his partner Ann Neal watch the women's final match between Na Li of China and Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia
Photographs: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images

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After a slow start in the first set, Li Na raced to a 4-0 lead in the second set. 

She broke Cibulkova in the second game and then had a second break of serve. She didn't do much wrong as she cruised home.

Her first serve percentage was up to 57% from 13% in the set 1. She struck 31 winners to Cibulkova's 10 in the second set.


Image: Li Na plays a backhand
Photographs: Graham Denholm/Getty Images

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