The Chinese province where Australian Open tennis champion Li Na grew up defended its decision to award her 800,000 yuan ($132,000) amid criticism the money could have been better spent, state media reported.
Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka beat Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open to reach his first Grand Slam final. Li Na got to her third women’s final in Melbourne in four years to face Dominika Cibulkova.
Roger Federer defeated Britain’s Andy Murray at tennis’s Australian Open yesterday to set up a semifinal with top seed Rafael Nadal, who needed four grueling sets to overcome Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.
Canadian teenager Eugenie Bouchard came back from a set down against an injured opponent to set up an Australian Open tennis semifinal with China’s Li Na. Tomas Berdych eliminated No. 3 seed David Ferrer in the men’s draw.