Istanbul: China’s Li Na will meet Serena Williams in the final of the WTA Championships after beating Czech Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2 on Saturday, becoming the highest-ranked player ever from an Asian country.
An apparently ailing Serena Williams struggled past Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 on Saturday and will play Li in the final.The final will be a showdown between the two oldest players in the tournament.
It was not clear what was bothering Williams, but she was in obvious discomfort. She walked slowly during changeovers, did not move well on the court and frequently held her head wrapped in a towel during changeovers. Williams tried to keep the points short and often winced.
Jankovic was unable to take advantage of whatever was bothering Williams.
By reaching the final, Li made sure of rising to a career high No. 3 ranking.