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Result: Li Na into semi-finals with Flavia Pennetta win

Li Na becomes the first woman to book her place in the 2014 Australian Open semi-finals courtesy of a straight-sets victory over Italian Flavia Pennetta in Melbourne.

Li Na has become the first woman to qualify for the 2014 Australian Open semi-finals courtesy a comfortable straight-sets victory over Flavia Pennetta in Melbourne.

China's Li Na celebrates after victory in her women's singles match against Italy's Flavia Pennetta on day nine at the 2014 Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 21, 2014© Getty Images

The fourth seed, who is the only Chinese player to win a Grand Slam having triumphed at the 2011 French Open, clinched the first five games to storm into a commanding lead in the opening set.

She broke her Italian opponent, ranked number 29 in the world, at the first three attempts, saved two break points of her own and recorded a hold to love in 20 minutes of one-way traffic.

Pennetta got on the scoreboard by winning the next two games, but Li went on to wrap the first set up 6-2 and then repeated her rapid start by claiming four straight games at the start of the second.

Again Pennetta ensured that she did not fall to a bagel set defeat as the pair exchanged games until Li served out for a 6-2 6-2 victory, setting up a last-four clash with either Eugenie Bouchard or Ana Ivanovic.

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Flavia Pennetta celebrates after her win over Angelique Kerber in their Australian Open fourth round match on January 19, 2014
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