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Li Na is seen as 1/4 favourite to beat hot prospect Eugenie Bouchard and reach her third final in four years at the Australian Open.
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There is always huge pressure going into a Grand Slam semi-final and fourth seed Li Na will hope that her experience in these situations will help her advance past 30th seed Eugenie Bouchard in the first women’s semi-final of the Australian Open.
After seeing off Flavia Pennetta 6-2 6-2 in the quarter finals on Wednesday, Li has found herself in her fourth semi final in five years at Melbourne Park giving her great experience going into the crunch time.
Having avoided defeat to Penetta, it means that Li is now the only unbeaten player on the women’s tour in 2014 having already bagged the Shenzhen Open title to go with her five match winning streak in Australia.
By reaching the semi-finals, the Chinese world number four became the third oldest player to reach a semi-final at the Australian Open in the Open era despite being just 31 years old.
With all this in mind, it makes Eugenie Bouchard the complete opposite to Li as the Canadian 30th seed gets set to participate in her first ever Grand Slam semi-final.
At just 19 years old, Bouchard showed why many people considered her to be a star of the future by dumping out former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic 5-7 7-5 6-2 in a mature and patient performance.
Bouchard has clearly sailed past any expectations that were set on her over the past 10 days especially when the Canadian had never made it into the main draw until this year.
It’s been an especially good run for the 30th seed who found herself to be the first Canadian to reach a Grand Slam semi-final in 30 years.
In the past, Li and Bouchard have only met once before and it was the Chinese world number 4 who emerged victorious where she defeated Bouchard on home soil 6-4 6-4 in the 2012 Canadian Masters.
The first semi-final will undoubtedly be a close affair with many people wanting to see whether Li’s experience will be enough to stop the rising star of Bouchard from reaching her first Grand Slam final at the Rod Laver Arena.