Kim Clijsters and Na Li roads to the Australian Open final

Kim Clijsters qualified for her second Australian Open final (she lost to Henin in 2004) with a straight sets win over world number 2 Vera Zvonareva in semifinals. It will be her eight Grand Slam final overall.

Kim stated that this final will most likely be her last competitive match in Australia, and that 2011 will be her last full year on tour, in order to have a second child.

Clijster’s road to the final

Round Opponent Score
R1 Dinara Safina 6-0, 6-0
R2 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 6-3
R3 Alize Cornet 7-6, 6-3
R4 Ekaterina Makarova 7-6, 6-2
QF Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 7-6
SF Vera Zvonareva 6-3, 6-3

With her win over world number one Caroline Wozniacki, Na Li became the first Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam final.
Li is also the oldest Melbourne Park finalist since 33-year-old Chris Evert lost to Steffi Graf in 1988.

Li’s road to the final

Round Opponent Score
R1 Sofia Arvidsson 6-1, 7-5
R2 Evgeniya Rodina 6-3, 6-2
R3 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-2, 6-1
R4 Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 6-3
QF Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-4
SF Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 7-5, 6-3

Clijsters leads their head to head 4 to 2 (see below) and she’s obviously the big favorite. But Li won their last encounter in Sydney 2 weeks ago.

Year Tournament Surface Winner Score in final
2006 Sydney Hard Clijsters 6-3 6-1
2006 Wimbledon Grass Clijsters 6-4 7-5
2007 Sydney Hard Clijsters 6-1 1-6 7-5
2007 Miami Hard Li 4-6 6-4 6-2
2009 US Open Hard Clijsters 6-2 6-4
2011 Sydney Hard Li 7-6(3) 6-3

Who will win the 2011 Australian Open?

  • Kim Clijsters (51%, 21 Votes)
  • Caroline Wozniacki (22%, 9 Votes)
  • Vera Zvonareva (10%, 4 Votes)
  • Other (10%, 4 Votes)
  • Sam Stosur (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Justine Henin (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Maria Sharapova (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Venus Williams (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 41

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