Serena Williams stops Li Na's fairytale run to reach Auststralina Open final
2010-01-28 06:32:23 GMT2010-01-28 14:32:23 (Beijing Time)
Serena Williams of the US celebrates winning against Li Na of China in their semi-final match on day eleven of the Australian Open in Melbourne. Williams won 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/1) to reach the final. (AFP/Findlay Kember)
Li Na of China, right, walks past Serena Williams of the United States, as she lost to Williams in their Women's singles semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Serena Williams of the U.S., left, greets Li Na of China at the net after winning their Women's singles semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
MELBOURNE, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Li Na's impressive run at the Australian Open ended in the semifinal stage on Thursday when the Chinese 16th seed lost to defending champion Serena Williams in a tight, two-set thriller.
Li, who had knocked out three seeded players in previous rounds, including seven-time grand slam winner Venus Williams, cause much trouble for the world number one before going down 6-7 (4), 6-7 (1).
Serena advances to her fifth Australian Open final and will play either comeback queen Justine Henin of Belgium or Zheng Jie, another Chinese player.
It is the first time that two Chinese players have advanced to the last four at a grand slam tournament.