Published January 25, 2013
| Sports Network
Melbourne, Australia – The women's Australian Open champion will be decided on Saturday when world No. 1 and reigning titlist Victoria Azarenka takes on 2011 runner-up Li Na.
The 23-year-old Azarenka is 5-4 lifetime against the 30-year-old Li, who beat the Belarusian star in the fourth round in Melbourne and in the quarterfinals at the French Open two years ago. Azarenka, however, won all three of their tour meetings last year.
Azarenka beat Maria Sharapova in last year's Aussie finale to capture her first-ever Grand Slam singles title. Li upset a second-seeded Sharapova in the semifinals here on Thursday.
Azarenka is 14-11 in her career finals, including 1-1 at the majors. She lost to Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final back in September and will now appear in her third Grand Slam title tilt in her last five major events.
The Belarusian star is currently riding a 13-match winning streak in Melbourne.
The sixth-seeded Li captured the French Open and was the Aussie runner-up in 2011. The Chinese slugger is 7-8 in her overall career finals.