Li to meet Kerber in Cincinnati finale

Aug. 19, 2012 at 12:14 AM

CINCINNATI, Aug. 19 (UPI) -- Angelique Kerber and Li Na each won semifinal matches Saturday, setting up a meeting for the championship of the Western & Southern Open.

Germany's Kerber, seeded fifth, bested the Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova, who was looking to score back-to-back wins after last week's victory in the Rogers Cup.

Kerber needed three sets but ousted Kvitova 6-1, 2-6, 6-4, securing her place in the Cincinnati final.

There she'll meet ninth-seeded Li of China, who prevailed over wild card Venus Williams 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 on the hard courts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center.

Li made her second WTA final in two weeks -- she lost to Kvitova in Monday's Rogers Cup finale. She's seeking her first crown of the season, while Kerber is 2-1 in three WTA finals so far this year.

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