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Li beats battling Venus to make Cincinnati final

Published on Aug 19, 2012 11:30 AM

MASON, Ohio (REUTERS) - China's Li Na defeated an injured Venus Williams 7-5 3-6 6-1 to reach the final of the Cincinnati Open on Saturday after an enthralling two-hour encounter.

Li will face the winner of the other semi-final between Czech Petra Kvitova and Germany's Angelique Kerber who were playing later on Saturday.

Williams, playing in her first semi-final since the 2010 US Open, was limited in her serve speed which was hovering around a slow 75 mph mark after picking up a back strain shortly before the match begun.

"Just in my warmup it was bothering me. I was like 'Oh, no'.

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