Li Na wins Australian open

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Added On January 27, 2014

 Two-time runner-up Li Na has finally lifted the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup, winning her first Australian Open title.        

 
Fourth seed Li met 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova in Saturday's women's singles final. 
 
Both broke each other twice and forced a tiebreak in the first set. Mini-breaks exchanged in the tiebreak before Li served out to win the first set.
   
Cibulkova failed to keep her serve games in the second set and Li used only 27 minutes to thrash her opponent 6-0 and won the final.
 
The 31-year-old Li became Asia's first Grand Slam winner when she was crowned French Open champion in 2011.
 
Li's victory has cheered her hometown, Wuhan, capital of the central Hubei Province.
 
Xia Xiyao, a coach, is the person who introduced Li to the world of tennis. 
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): XIA XIYAO, Li Na's first tennis coach
"Li Na was among several kids who wanted to learn how to play tennis. She caught my attention first. I chose her by instinct. Just like falling in love, you choose the one that catches your eyes."
 
Xia trained Li for four years.
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): XIA XIYAO, Li Na's first tennis coach:
"After a period of training, I found Li was diligent and hard-working. She had a strong will to win. Even if she could not manage some shots well, she wouldn't be held back. This is her biggest advantage. When she lost the games, she always said why she lost and that she should have won. You can see her determination and thirst for victory through her eyes and her action."
 
Xia said Li also has a powerful mind.
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): XIA XIYAO, Li Na's first tennis coach
"Sometimes she didn't play well, and I provoked her to find out why. Sometimes when she was not doing well, tears would well up in her eyes. But I told her not to cry and be as strong as a man. Losing one or two matches is no big deal, I told her, and it's more important to learn from lessons. She wouldn't cry. She has a strong mind."
 
For her fellow townsmen, Li Na is a heroine. And tennis has become hugely popular.
 
SOUNDBITE (CHINESE): XIA XIYAO, Li Na's first tennis coach:
"Li is of course an idol among children and young people. She plays so well, with swift movement and strong shots. Under her influence, both the  young and the old here in Wuhan and even in the entire Hubei province like playing tennis. She also has a big impact across Asia."
 
Li's ranking in Women's Tennis Association is likely to rise to No. 3 after her performance in Melbourne, which equals her personal best.