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Li Na the world number five is targeting a strong finish and hopefully, her biggest win on home soil when she takes on a star-studded field at the China Open starting this weekend.
BEIJING - Li Na hope to confirm her spot at the end-of-year championships and seal her biggest win on home soil when she takes on a star-studded field at the China Open starting this weekend.
The world number five will target a strong finish to a season which has brought a seventh career title, her second Australian Open final and a deep run at Wimbledon.
Li, 31, has the opportunity to book her place at the season finale next month's WTA Championships, in Istanbul, featuring the top eight women's players.
Williams, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska -- the world numbers one, two, three and four -- have already qualified for the WTA Championships.
The world number five has reached the semi-finals at the prestigious Beijing event twice without being able to go all the way.
She may also get the chance to avenge her US Open semi-final defeat to the mighty Williams, a match in which she only managed to take three games.
But first up, Li will be going against men’s number one Djokovic in a charity exhibition match on Friday.
"Haha, are you ready to play me?" the Serb said on his Sina Weibo microblog.
"Don't be happy too early," Li joked. "I have a plan for the game. It is not certain who will be the winner and the loser."
The tournament begins at the weekend and will reach its climax on October 6.