A popular figure at Melbourne Park, it was the 31-year-old’s third Oz final and is her second Grand Slam title after winning the French Open in 2011.

“Finally I got her [the Australian Open trophy],” said Li. “The last two finals were very close.

“Now I have to thank my team. Thanks to my agent for making me rich, thanks a lot.”

Li was presented the Daphne Akhurst Memorial Cup by Chris Evert.

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