Saturday October 6, 2012
Li Na qualifies for season-ender Championships
BEIJING: China’s Li Na yesterday became the eighth and final player to qualify for the US$4.9mil end-of-season grand finale after reaching the semi-finals of the China Open, organisers said.
Li Na, 30, will line up at the WTA Championships in Istanbul from Oct 23-28 after defeating Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 6-2 in Beijing.
She will compete against Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber and Sara Errani.
Li Na made her Championships debut at Istanbul last year, where she lost in the round-robin stages.
“In the last two years, I have played the best tennis of my career and I am excited to return to the WTA Championships again this year,” the 2011 French Open champion said.
The organisers added that it would be the first time in the Championships’ 42-year history that each player in the singles’ draw came from a different country.
Belarus, Russia, USA, Czech Republic, Germany and Italy are the other countries that will be represented. — AFP