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.
Title holder Serena struggled early with her own game before overcoming Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 6-4 2-6 6-4 in the other semi-final. Li's victory means she will climb to third in the rankings and can finish the season on a high in her first WTA Championship final on Sunday.
The Chinese player, who won only three games as she lost to Serena at Flushing Meadows in September, said: "At the U.S. Open (semi-final) I had already lost the match before I came to the court.
"Maybe now I have to try to focus on what I should do on the court, not focus on what she does, so I have to try to play my game and not follow her," Li told reporters.
(Writing by Martyn Herman, editing by Clare Lovell/Rex Gowar)