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.
Stanislas Wawrinka: He admitted that he never expected he could make a Slam final. And now here he is. (Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images)
Li Na: Is this finally the year Li captures the title? (William West/AFP/Getty Images)
Dominika Cibulkova: Mind you, that’s not a volleyball net. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images)
Li Na: Li showed no letup against Bouchard. (Graham Denholm/Getty Images)
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)
Bernard Tomic: He was sitting in Bouchard’s player box with his crutches. (Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)
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)
Stanislas Wawrinka: In full flight. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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)