Serena Tries To End Season With 4th WTA Championship Title, Meets Li Na In Final
by Staff | October 26th, 2013, 7:16 pm

World No. 1 Serena Williams will try to cap one of her best seasons with a title at the year-end WTA Championships on Sunday. In the semifinals today, a fatiguing Serena hung on to defeat Jelena Jankovic in three sets 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. She’ll now face Li Na in the all 30-plus title match.

“I’m just really trying out here,” Williams said after nearly losing a 5-1 final set lead. “I think my body’s a little tired after so many matches – I think yesterday I kind of hit a wall. But I’m just fighting out here.

“Honestly I’m just happy to still be in the tournament, and I’m honored to be in the final again.”

This marks Serena’s sixth time in the final of the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships. She has won the title three times, in 2001, 2009 and 2012, and was a runner-up twice, in 2002 (to Kim Clijsters) and 2004 (to Maria Sharapova). She is after her fourth title here – only three players have won four or more titles at this event (Martina Navratilova won it eight times, Steffi Graf five and Chris Evert four) and she’s won her last 14 at the event.

Williams also leads Li Na in their series, 9-1, including three straight set wins this season.

Li Na also is undefeated this week at the event and in her semi she beat Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-2. With the win she becomes the first Asian player to ever reach the finals of the tournament and she also will move to a career-best No. 3 in the rankings.

“The Top 3 was my goal for this year,” Li said. “I’m so happy I could catch it in the last match.”

Serena is seeking her 11th title of the year and her 78th match win, both personal single-season bests for the American.

The winner will earn 1,500 WTA Ranking points and $2.145M which if Serena wins would her to the brink of the $12M level this season.

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5 Comments for Serena Tries To End Season With 4th WTA Championship Title, Meets Li Na In Final

M Says:

Looking forward to a great final.

Giles Says:

Good luck Serena, Queen of Tennis!

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Congrats to Li Na on making the final,but also leapfrogging Sharapova and Radwanska for the number 3 ranking,thankgoodness that the two players that won their 3 RR matches have actually made the final,rather than an oponent thats lost a couple of their matches,still with a chance of winning the title,which is a format that i just cannot take seriously,ill probably be heckled for this but hell im entitled to my opinion.

Giles Says:

Well done Serena. Coming from a set down to win the WTA Championship.Great performance.

Tennis X Hippy Chic Says:

Congrats Serena coming from a set down,shame for Li who couldnt have played any better in the 1st two sets,simply to implode for a dissapointing 3rd set,nice to see Serena invoved in close matches which are more fun,rather than seeing her giving oponents a beatdown,BTW her coach Patrick is hot.

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