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Li beats Pennetta in Australian Open quarters

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1/21/2014 9:38:33 AM
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Melbourne, Australia (SportsNetwork.com) - Fourth-seeded Li Na and 30th seed Eugenie Bouchard were Tuesday's quarterfinal winners at the 2014 Australian Open.

The two-time runner-up Li whipped 28th-seeded Italian Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-2 in a match that lasted just 67 minutes at Melbourne Park. The 31-year-old Pennetta was a surprise U.S. Open semifinalist in September.

"After saving the match point, I think I got a lot of confidence," the 31- year-old Li said of her close call against Czech Lucie Safarova in the third round here. "Even more belief in myself."

The former French Open champion lost to two-time reigning Aussie Open champ Victoria Azarenka in last year's Down Under final and Kim Clijsters in the 2011 finale.

Li will appear now in her sixth career major semifinal (3-2).

The Chinese star's semifinal opponent on Thursday will be the rising 19-year- old Canadian Bouchard, who upset 14th-seeded former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in 2 hours, 24 minutes to secure a berth in her first-ever Grand Slam semi.

The quarterfinals will wrap up on Wednesday, when the reigning Oz champion Azarenka will take on fifth-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska and 11th-seeded Romanian Simona Halep will face 20th-seeded Slovak Dominika Cibulkova, who stunned third seed Maria Sharapova on Monday. Azarenka is a dominant 12-3 lifetime against Radwanska, including a come-from-behind Aussie Open quarterfinal victory two years ago.

Li Na (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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