Australian Open Day 11 photos: New blood in Grand Slam final

Thursday January 23rd, 2014

Dominika Cibulkova collapses in disbelief after reaching her first Grand Slam final. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images) Dominika Cibulkova collapses in disbelief after reaching her first Grand Slam final. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, Australia -- The Australian Open will feature first-time Grand Slam finalists on both the men's and women's sides.

No. 8 Stanislas Wawrinka earned his spot with a 6-4, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4) victory over No. 7 Tomas Berdych. The 28-year-old Swiss awaits the winner of Friday's semifinal between No. 1 Rafael Nadal and No. 6 Roger Federer.

Meanwhile, No. 20 Dominika Cibulkova dismantled No. 5 Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2 to become the first Slovakian woman to reach a major final. She'll face Li Na in Saturday's final. Li, a former French Open champion and now a three-time finalist here, coasted past No. 30 Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-4.

Here are some of our favorite photos from Day 11 of the Australian Open.


Stanislas Wawrinka: He admitted that he never expected he could make a Slam final. And now here he is. (Greg Wood/AFP/Getty Images)


Li Na: Is this finally the year Li captures the title? (William West/AFP/Getty Images)


Dominika Cibulkova: Mind you, that's not a volleyball net. (Michael Dodge/Getty Images)


Li Na: Li showed no letup against Bouchard. (Graham Denholm/Getty Images)


Eugenie Bouchard: She's got the trophy pose down, but the 19-year-old will have to wait for the trophy. (Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

Bernard Tomic

Bernard Tomic: He was sitting in Bouchard's player box with his crutches. (Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)


Dominika Cibulkova: Proving that big things can come in small packages, the diminutive Slovak powered her way past a tired Radwanska. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Wawrinka trying to get back in flight. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Stanislas Wawrinka: In full flight. (Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)


Tomas Berdych
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