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Australian Open: Wozniacki eyes revenge

Caroline Wozniacki will get the chance to avenge her loss to Li Na at last year's Australian Open after ending Francesca Schiavone's brave run in Melbourne.

Wozniacki lost to the Chinese in the fourth round 12 months ago, but set up a semi-final rematch thanks to a 3-6 6-3 6-3 defeat of Schiavone, for whom it was one match too far, having played for over four hours in her previous match.

The Italian ran out of gas after a fine start as world number one Wozniacki maintained her bid to land a maiden grand slam crown.

Li had a more straightforward passage, beating Andrea Petkovic 6-2 6-4 in one hour and 20 minutes in the first match of the day on Rod Laver Arena.

“It was very difficult,” Wozniacki admitted. “Francesca was playing well at the start. It was tough for me to get the right rhythm and I was making mistakes on the important points.

“I just told myself to take one ball at a time and don't give up.

“If you get the chance, you need to take it now, otherwise it's going to be too late.”

The Dane will retain the number one spot after reaching the semis.

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