No problems for Li as she ends Radwanska's winning run to secure semi-final spot
02:24 GMT, 22 January 2013
03:03 GMT, 22 January 2013
Li Na made it through to her third Australian Open semi-final today after halting Agnieszka Radwanska's blistering start to 2013.
Radwanska came into the match having won 13 straight matches, a run which included title wins in Auckland and Sydney, but she had no answer to Li's all-or-nothing game.
The Chinese won 7-5 6-3 despite making 40 unforced errors to advance to a last-four clash with either Maria Sharapova or Ekaterina Makarova.
Into the semis: China's Li Na celebrates after defeating Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska in their quarter-final
Centre of attention: Radwanska and Li play out their quarter-final match on the Rod Laver Arena
End of the road: Agnieszka Radwanska could not continue her winning run at the start of 2013
In a game of contrasting styles, Radwanska started well with her consistency gaining her the upper hand.
She made Li come through a 12-minute opening game to hold but serving was to prove a disadvantage as there were four consecutive breaks before Li finally stood firm to lead 4-3.
Radwanska edged ahead once more after winning a 26-point rally on break point to move 5-4 up.
She could not consolidate it though as Li promptly hit before claiming a 6-5 lead.
Determined: Li returns a shot to Radwanska during her win over the Pole
Mixed emotions: Li celebrates as Radwanska looks dejected
Not enough: Radwanska lost in straight sets as she could find no answers to Li
And the sixth seed, the runner-up here two years ago, took the opening set after the best point of the match, both players moving their opponent around the court before Radwanska was pushed into a corner and failed to return a Li smash.
Radwanska, who has now failed to get past the last eight in Melbourne having reached this stage four times, looked like she was mounting a comeback when she established a 2-0 lead in the second.
But Li simply ramped up her game, going for even more from the baseline.
Respect: Li and Radwanska shake hands after the match
And having it got back on serve, she seized the initiative further by going on a nine-point run which helped her to take a 5-2 lead – despite one serve bizarrely flying over Radwanska's head on the full and straight into the stand.
Radwanska held to make Li serve it out and, despite a few wobbles, she came through in one hour and 42 minutes.