Guangzhou: Serbia`s former world number one Jelena Jankovic ignored the distraction of an arm injury before beating Belgium`s Yanina Wickmayer on Friday and booking a place in the final of the Guangzhou International.
Jankovic saved a match point late in the third set before winning 6-3 2-6 7-5, giving her the chance to win her second title in China this year after winning a lower tier event in Nanchang in August.
The 30-year-old Jankovic said her arm was hurting after a busy week playing both singles and doubles.
"I think I played quite a lot of tennis," she said.
"It was a little bit better towards the end and I felt better afterward. In the first set, I was almost getting ready to cry!"
Her opponent in Saturday`s final will be Denisa Allertova, the giantkiller from the Czech Republic.
Allertova stunned world number two Simona Halep in Thursday`s quarter-finals and followed up by beating Italian Sara Errani, seeded third in China, 7-5 6-2.
"I`m just trying to focus on my tennis and play every point like it`s my last. It worked, and I`m so happy that I won today!" Allertova said.
Allertova will be playing in her first WTA final after winning nine times on the lower ITF circuit.
"I didn`t expect this because it`s my first time here, and there are a lot of great players here, so I`m happy to play the final tomorrow," she said.