Australian Open: China's Li Na easily defeated Cibulkova

Updated on 26 January 2014, 18:12 AEST
Compilation: Fang Teng

中国网坛一姐李娜在1月25日举行的2014年澳网女子单打比赛中以7-6 (7-3), 6-0的战绩,击败本届澳网的一匹黑马20号种子选手、斯洛伐克女将齐布尔科娃,从而摘取了女单桂冠。这是继2011年法网女单夺冠之后,她第二次获得大满贯的头筹。

2014 Australian Open Li Na Australian Open: China's Li Na easily defeated Zibulkova (Credit: Audience Submitted)

From the Susan Langren Cup at the French Open to the Daphne Akerhurst Memorial Cup at the Australian Open, Li Na's two Grand Slam titles are separated by nearly two years and seven months. The 31-year-old Australian Open No. 4 seed Li Na had previously entered the Australian Open women's singles finals twice in 2011 and 2013, but failed to get her wish. But now, not only has she become the first Asian and Chinese to win the Australian Open history, she has also rewritten another Australian Open record: she has become the oldest player to win the Grand Slam women's singles championship. In 1973, Margaret Court (Margaret Court) won the women's singles championship at the age of 30.

Li Na's victory in the Grand Slam also made her third place in the world tennis rankings, second only to Victoria Azarenka and Williams.

After winning, Li Na thanked her coach Carlos (Carlos Rodriguez) and admitted that it was because of Carlos's guidance that she could continue to ride the tennis court without retiring.

"Before Wimbledon, I talked to Carlos and said at the time that I lacked confidence and wanted to retire."

"Life will always encounter challenges. We have to face them."

In her speech at the award ceremony, Li Na again humorously talked about her husband Jiang Shan.

"Thank my husband, he is very famous in China now. He is not only my sparring partner, but also responsible for serving me tea, repairing the racket...you did a lot of work."

"(Jiang Shan), I thank you. You are a good person. You are so lucky to find me."

Review of Li Na's journey to the Australian Open women's singles crown this year:

  • first round: Defeat Connew (Croatia) 6-2, 6-0
  • second round: Beat Bentzke (Switzerland) 6-0, 7-6 (7-5)
  • The third round: Defeat Safarova (Czech Republic, No. 26 seed) 1-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-3
  • Fourth round: Defeat Makarova (Russia, No. 22 seed) 6-2, 6-0
  • quarter final: Defeat Flavia Peneta (Italy, No. 28 seed) 6-2, 6-2
  • Semi-finals: Defeat Eugenia Boucharty (Canada, No. 30 seed) 6-2, 6-4
  • finals: Defeat Cibulkova (Slovakia, No. 20 seed) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0

The following is part of Li Na in this Australian Open: