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Na, Kvitova book semi-final spot, Azarenka out

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Azarenka was clearly in pain throughout the second set © Getty Images
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Victoria Azarenka's miserable run of form continued as Li Na dumped the world No. 2 out of the WTA Championships with a 6-2 6-1 victory that sees the fourth-seed top the White Group and join Serena Williams in the semi-finals.

Azarenka hurt her back while serving in the sixth game of the first set and was clearly in pain the rest of the match. The world No. 2 took a medical timeout and received treatment during several changeovers. She stayed on court despite poor movement and wincing in pain.

Final group standings

  • Red Group
  • 1. Serena Williams (3-0)
  • 2. Petra Kvitova (2-1)
  • 3. Angelique Kerber (1-2)
  • 4. Aggy Radwanska (0-3)
  • White Group
  • 1. Li Na (3-0)
  • 2. Jelena Jankovic (1-1)
  • 3. Victoria Azarenka (1-2)
  • 4. Sara Errani (0-2)

Azarenka did win one game with some ferocious serving, but mostly stayed in the middle of the baseline and tried to hit quick winners.

Na won the group with a 3-0 record, while Azarenka is headed home after finishing 1-2.

"I just wanted to try to do my best for the fans who came and watched our match, for respect for my opponent," Azarenka said. "It was just about trying to do the most you can out there."

Despite failing to reach the semis, Azarenka said she was pleased with her year.

"I'm No. 2 in the world. I had great results in the big tournaments and I had injuries," she added. "So, it's that balance of good and unfortunate. I think I can learn a lot from these little things to prevent maybe some of the injuries."

The result means Jelena Jankovic (1-1) is also through to the last four, regardless of how she gets on against against Sara Errani (0-2) on Friday evening.

In the Red Group, Petra Kvitova outlasted Angelique Kerber as the pair went head-to-head in a straight shootout to finish second behind Williams. Fifth-ranked Kvitova needed three sets to edge her German opponent 6-7(3) 6-2 6-3.

Kvitova's victory means the Czech will face Na in Saturday's semi-finals, while Williams squares off against Jankovic.

Kvitova was too strong for Kerber © Getty Images
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