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Australian Open Day 11 photos: New blood in Grand Slam final

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Dominika Cibulkova collapses in disbelief after reaching her first Grand Slam final. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Dominika Cibulkova collapses in disbelief after reaching her first Grand Slam final. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, Australia — The Australian Open will feature first-time Grand Slam finalists on both the men’s and women’s sides.

No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka earned his spot with a 6-4, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) victory over No. 7 Tomas Berdych. The 28-year-old Swiss awaits the winner of Friday’s semifinal between No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 6 Roger Federer.

Meanwhile, No. 20 Dominika Cibulkova dismantled No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2 to become the first Slovakian woman to reach a major final. She’ll face Li Na in Saturday’s final. Li, a former French Open champion and now a three-time finalist here, coasted past No. 30 Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-4.

Here are some of our favorite photos from Day 11 of the Australian Open.

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Stanislas Wawrinka: He admitted that he never expected he could make a Slam final. And now here he is. (Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images)

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Li Na: Is this finally the year Li captures the title? (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

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Dominika Cibulkova: Mind you, that’s not a volleyball net. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

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Li Na: Li showed no letup against Bouchard. (Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

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Eugenie Bouchard: She’s got the trophy pose down, but the 19-year-old will have to wait for the trophy. (Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

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Bernard Tomic: He was sitting in Bouchard’s player box with his crutches. (Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

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Dominika Cibulkova: Proving that big things can come in small packages, the diminutive Slovak powered her way past a tired Radwanska. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Wawrinka trying to get back in flight. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Stanislas Wawrinka: In full flight. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

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Tomas Berdych: This just about sums up Berdych’s night. He generated only one break point and played two tiebreakers poorly. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

  • Published On Jan 23, 2014
  • 2 comments
    PurityPrydain
    PurityPrydain

    Justin Bieber and Bernard Tomic?  Eugenie Bouchard doesn't seem to have very good taste in men.

    SingleAlley
    SingleAlley

    Domi is number 20, not 10.  May be she would be number 10 next week, but still not there yet.