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No Li way as Radwanska hot streak over

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Former Australian Open finalist Li Na of China hits a return to Agnieszka Radwanska.

Former Australian Open finalist Li Na of China hits a return to Agnieszka Radwanska. Photo: Reuters

China's Li Na has ended the winning streak of Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska to reach the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

Li, a finalist in 2011, took one hour and 42 minutes to defeat the Pole 7-5 6-3.

She now faces the winner of the quarter final between Russians Maria Sharapova, the second seed and former champion, and Ekaterina Makarova.

Down and out ... No.4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

Down and out ... No.4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland. Photo: AFP

Radwanska went into the clash on the back of a run of 13 consecutive match wins, taking out titles in Auckland and Sydney.

The 66-minute first set was littered with seven service breaks and finally won by Li despite her messy list of 29 unforced errors.

Li raced to a 5-2 lead in the second set with two service breaks in a row before serving out the match.

The 30-year-old Chinese star credited coach Carlos Rodriguez, who she took on last August, with helping her put in the work needed to still challenge the top players.

"He was very tough with training in the winter, it was unbelievable," Li said.

"I said to him `do you know how old I am?' He was thinking I was 20 years old."

Radwanska and Li had met nine times previously with the Chinese player leading their head-to-head clashes 5-4.

Li had won three in succession until Radwanska toppled her in the semi-finals of the Sydney event in straight sets on her way to the championship.

AAP

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