Dominika Cibulkova ready for Australian Open fight
Dominika Cibulkova plans to fight for every ball in her 'dream' maiden grand slam final on Saturday.

The Slovakian 20th seed has impressively claimed three straight upset wins to reach the decider against Chinese veteran Li Na.

The energetic Cibulkova has lost all four previous meetings against Li, but hopes her best will be good enough in Melbourne.

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"I'm playing finals, so that's something beautiful. It's like a dream.  So I will go just out there and play my best, try to do my best," she said.

"It's going to be a final. It's going to be final of the grand slam, so it's going to be a pretty big match. 

"In the end of the grand slam, everything counts. I think it's going to be fight for every ball."

Cibulkova has endured few problems at the year's first grand slam, losing just nine games in the opening three rounds.

A three-set win over Maria Sharapova was followed by convincing triumphs against Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska.

"When you look at it this way, it is nice for me. I didn't spend so much time on the court," Cibulkova said.

"I'm playing in a grand slam. I'm in the finals of a grand slam. The only three-set match was against Sharapova. That's something unbelievable.

"But I was going into every match, just to play my game and play well. This is what happens."

Cibulkova cannot pinpoint what is behind her good form, but said her confidence was growing.

"I'm feeling the ball really well, hitting good on the practice. Even I was feeling good," she said.

"With the matches, I start to get more confident. I just continue to do like what I do well."

Against Li, the 2011 French Open champion and two-time runner-up at Melbourne Park, Cibulkova said she just wanted to enjoy herself.


"She's been in the finals of a grand slam many times. She already won a grand slam, so she know how it is," she said.

"It's going to be my first final, so I will just try to enjoy it. Yeah, I'm really looking forward for the match."

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