Australian Open: Eugenie Bouchard, Na Li, Agnieszka Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova target final
Eugenie Bouchard will look to further enhance her growing reputation when she faces Na Li.
Last Updated: 23/01/14 7:02am
The 19-year-old Canadian was named the WTA's newcomer of the year in 2013, but 2014 hardly got off to a great start as she lost to Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the first round in Sydney.
Since then, Bouchard has powered through the draw at the Australian Open, culminating in her shock win over Ana Ivanovic in the quarter-finals.
The 30th seed will now tackle the experienced Na Li for a place in the Saturday's final - and Bouchard can go into the contest knowing all the pressure is on the Chinese.
Li is the top-ranked player left in the competition following Victoria Azarenka's departure on Wednesday, while the 31-year-old was beaten finalist 12 months ago.
In fact, Li is the only one of the semi-finalists who has tasted success at a grand slam having won the French Open crown in 2011.
Li won the only previous meeting against Bouchard, a 6-4 6-4 success in Montreal in 2012 - however the teenager has improved massively since then.
The second semi-final sees Agnieszka Radwanska, Azarenka's conqueror, take on Dominika Cibulkova.
Radwanska, a runner-up at Wimbledon in 2012, will be fancied to make her second grand final appearance having toppled Cibulkova in five of their six previous meetings.
The fifth seed registered a 'double bagel' over the Slovakian in the Sydney International final last year, while she also beat her in Tokyo.
Cibulkova gained some revenge for her final thrashing by pipping Radwanska to the Stanford title, proving that she has the potential to cause an upset.
The first men's semi-final will also take place with two outsiders set to slug it out.
Stanislas Wawrinka, the eighth seed, caused the biggest upset by ending Novak Djokovic's reign as champion in the quarter-final.
Standing in his way will be former Wimbledon finalist Tomas Berdych after the seventh seed ousted David Ferrer.
Wawrinka, unbeaten in 2014, has overcome the Czech ace in eight of their 13 meetings - although Berdych won their only previous clash in Melbourne (back in 2009).