Hong Kong - Jelena Jankovic on Saturday
edged past Venus William's in a two-setter Hong Kong Open's semi-finals to face
Germany's Angelique Kerber.
The Serbian former world No 1 stepped into
the way of the seven-time Grand Slam winner who had banked on Hong Kong to get
the points she needs to make the top eight for Singapore WTA finals.
"It was a good match for me. I fought
hard. Playing against Venus is never an easy task. She is such a great
champion...I am glad I was able to beat her tonight," Jankovic told
reporters after the 7-5, 6-4 match that lasted for two hours and four minutes.
With a bandage on her left thigh,
35-year-old Williams stood 4-5 down after her three double faults in the ninth
game in the first set.
3-0 up in the following set, the
third-seeded American player was hit by a comeback from fourth-seeded Jankovic
who went on to win seven of the following nine games to finish the match.
Jankovic is to play Kerber on Sunday who
eased through her semi-finals in a 6-2, 6-2 victory against Australian Samantha
"She's (Kerber) is a little bit (of a)
different player to Venus. She is very solid...I really have to play
aggressive," Jankovic said.
World number 9 Kerber, the top seed left in
the tournament, now only needs one more win to qualify for the WTA finals after
cruising into the finals in just one hour and 11 minutes.
"I'm really happy about my performance
today. I am actually not thinking too much about this one win tomorrow. It's
another day. It's another match. I will just try to play good tennis and try to
win the final here," Kerber said.