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Erratic Li powers into last four
Li Na has made it through to her third Australian Open semi-final by halting Agnieszka Radwanska's blistering start to 2013.
Radwanska came into the match having won 13 straight matches, a run which included title wins in Auckland and Sydney, but she had no answer to Li's all-or-nothing game.
The Chinese ace won 7-5 6-3 despite making 40 unforced errors to advance to a last-four clash with either Maria Sharapova or Ekaterina Makarova.
In a game of contrasting styles, Radwanska started well with her consistency gaining her the upper hand. She made Li come through a 12-minute opening game to hold but serving was to prove a disadvantage as there were four consecutive breaks before Li finally stood firm to lead 4-3.
Radwanska edged ahead once more after winning a 26-point rally on break point to move 5-4 up. She could not consolidate it, though, as Li promptly hit before claiming a 6-5 lead.
And the sixth seed, the runner-up here two years ago, took the opening set after the best point of the match, both players moving their opponent around the court before Radwanska was pushed into a corner where she was unable to return a Li smash.
Radwanska, who has now failed to get past the last eight in Melbourne having reached this stage four times, looked like she was mounting a comeback when she established a 2-0 lead in the second.
But Li simply ramped up her game, going for even more from the baseline.
And having it got back on serve, she seized the initiative further by going on a nine-point run which helped her to take a 5-2 lead - despite one serve bizarrely flying over Radwanska's head on the full and straight into the stand.
Radwanska held to make Li serve it out and, despite a few wobbles, she came through in one hour and 42 minutes.