• China Open

Williams into 12th final of the year, faces Jankovic

ESPN staff
October 5, 2013
Radwanska was just no match for a resurgent Williams © Getty Images

Serena Williams is in to her 12th final of the season at the China Open after the top seed dropped just four games in a routine 6-2 6-2 win over Agnieszka Radwanska.

There was an injury scare for the American, who pulled up clutching her back during the second set before receiving treatment from the trainer. But it did nothing to halt her momentum as she cruised past her Polish opponent.

"My back was a little tight from playing a lot so I was just trying to release it," she said. "It has been a little tight all week and it just spasmed a bit out there today."

Williams will face eighth-seed Jelena Jankovic, who was made to work much harder for her place in the final.

The Serbian needed to come back from a set down to see off ninth-seed Petra Kvitova 6-7(7) 6-1 6-1.

It is Jankovic's first final since 2011 in Cincinnati, where she was defeated by Maria Sharapova. Williams and Jankovic have previously met in two finals, including the 2008 US Open, which Williams won in straight sets.

Jankovic looks delighted after reaching her first final in two years © Getty Images

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