2004 champion Li collected her ninth Guangzhou victory Thursday, ousting countrywoman Sun Tiantian, 62 61. The Chinese No.1, who faces Tzipora Obziler in her quarterfinal, said she hopes to play her friend and doubles partner Jankovic in the final. Jankovic and Li face No.2 seeds Sun and Li Ting in the doubles semifinal.
"It's great for me to play in my home country," Li said. "The fans are so great to me. My husband is here with me as well, so that's really nice. I feel like I'm playing very well and I feel I have a chance to win the title. If I played the final against Jankovic, that would be great. We are good friends. I know I have two more matches to play before I could get to the final, so I'm still just concentrating on my quarterfinal match for now."