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Last year in the Australian Open final, Li was seemingly in control of the match against Azarenka until she started to fall down. During her first fall, she twisted her ankle, and it looked like she was going to have to retire, but a tight tape job saved the day.
Later in the match she fell again, this time hitting her head hard on the court and having to get a concussion test from the medical staff before she could play on. She told AusOpen.com that one of her goals in this year's final is to stay on her feet.
This is Cibulkova's first time in a major final, and as we've seen with players time and again—most notably Sabine Lisicki in last year's Wimbledon final—playing in the last match of the fortnight is an experience that is hard to prepare for.
So far, Cibulkova has handled every test thrown at her this tournament with ease, but it will be different when she's facing someone with as much experience as Li on such a big stage.
For Li, this will be the first time she's headed into an Australian Open final as the favorite, so it will be interesting to see how she handles the pressure.
You might have heard that it has been hot throughout the fortnight in Melbourne, something that has helped players like Li and Cibulkova who put so much emphasis on their fitness.
Well, Saturday evening is actually supposed to be cool—it could be 60 degrees Fahrenheit by the time they play. It might come down to who best adapts to the cooler conditions.