Li Na is world No 3

China's Li Na reached the final of the WTA championships after beating Czech Petra Kvitova in straight sets on Saturday, becoming the highest-ranked player ever from an Asian country.

Her 6-4, 6-2 victory means she will climb to third in the rankings and can finish the season on a high in Sunday's final against Serena Williams. Serena defeated Jelena Jankovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in the second semifinal.

Federer in final

Roger Federer took a big step towards securing his endangered place in the ATP World Tour Finals by overcoming rising Canadian talent Vasek Pospisil 6-3 6-7(3-7) 7-5 in the Basel Open semifinals on Saturday. The Swiss will play top seed Juan-Martin Del Potro in Sunday's final. The Argentine battled past unseeded Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-4 4-6 6-2. Third seed Federer needed to survive another mid-match dip in form and a determined challenge from his big-hitting opponent to earn the chance to win his sixth title in his hometown tournament and guarantee qualification for the season-ender.

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