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Advantage: Li Na

Controversy surrounds top-seeded Azarenka
Li Na needed just 93 minutes Thursday to power past No. 2 Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-2, then the No. 6 player at the Australian Open charmed an adoring crowd by cracking jokes during an on-court interview.
A confident and big-hitting Victoria Azarenka advanced in straight sets, beating American teenager Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-4 on Thursday at the Australian Open, but the victory was packed with controversy and drama.
Australian Open

MELBOURNE, Australia – A look at the 11th day of the Australian Open tennis championships Thursday:



Weather: Mostly sunny, high of 97. Chance of showers, high of 84 today.

Attendance: Day session, 16,192.

Winners: Semifinals, women’s singles – No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, No. 6 Li Na. Semifinals, men’s doubles – No. 1 Bob and Mike Bryan, and Robin Haase and Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands.

Losers: Women’s singles – No. 2 Maria Sharapova, No. 29 Sloane Stephens.

Stat of the Day: 9 – number of times in the last 10 years the Bryan brothers have played in the doubles final, winning five times.

Quote of the Day: “I almost did the choke of the year,” Victoria Azarenka said after wasting five match points before breaking Stephens to win the match.

Playing Today: Semifinals, men’s singles – No. 2 Roger Federer vs. No. 3 Andy Murray. Championship, women’s doubles – No. 1 Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci, Italy, vs. Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua, Australia.



Associated Press

Advantage: Li Na

Li Na needed just 93 minutes Thursday to power past No. 2 Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-2, then the No. 6 player at the Australian Open charmed an adoring crowd by cracking jokes during an on-court interview.
A confident and big-hitting Victoria Azarenka advanced in straight sets, beating American teenager Sloane Stephens 6-1, 6-4 on Thursday at the Australian Open, but the victory was packed with controversy and drama.
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