January 13-January 25, 2014
Results - Saturday, January 25,
(4) Li Na (CHN) d. (20) Dominika Cibulkova
(SVK) 76(3) 60
Doubles - Final (played Friday)
(1) Errani/Vinci (ITA/ITA) d. (3) Makarova/Vesnina
(RUS/RUS) 64 36 75
wins her second Grand Slam title; her first came at the
French Open in 2011.
- Li's win-loss record in Grand
Slam finals now stands at 2-2 and 9-11 in WTA finals;
seven of her nine titles have come on hardcourts.
Li saved a match point against Lucie Safarova in the
third round; Seles (1991), Capriati (2002) and
S.Williams (2003 and 2005) are the only other players in
the Open Era to have won the title after saving match
- Li is the 15th player to win a Grand Slam
aged 30 or above; Court in 1973 is the only other player
to achieve the feat at the Australian Open.
- Li has
now won 16 of her last 17 matches; her only defeat in
this run was against S.Williams in the final of last
year's WTA Championships.
- Li becomes the sixth
active player to have won multiple Grand Slam singles
titles; the others are Azarenka (two), Kuznetsova (two),
Sharapova (four) and Serena (17) and Venus Williams
- Cibulkova was playing her first Grand Slam
final; her record now stands at 3-6 in WTA finals.
Azarenka and Li were meeting for the fifth time; Li now
leads the head-to-head record 5-0.
- Li and Cibulkova
will rise to No.3 and No.13, respectively, when the new
rankings are released on Monday.
- Errani and Vinci
win their fourth Grand Slam title together; they have
now won 17 WTA titles as a team.
- Errani and Vinci
are the third team (after Fernández and Zvereva in 1994
and the Williams sisters in 2010) in the last 20 years
to defend their Australian Open title.
Li Na: "I finally got it. The last two
times were very close. But first I want to congratulate
Domi. You had a very good tournament here, and I want to
give you the best wishes for the future. I have to say
this is my favorite Grand Slam. I cannot wait to come
Dominika Cibulkova: "These were
just two fantastic weeks of my life – I think I'm going
to cry. This means a lot for our country and I'm happy I
can be the one who can be here for Slovakia. I'd also
like to congratulate Li Na – she had a great tournament
and deserved this."