Second seed Jelena Jankovic edged sixth-seeded Venus Williams 6-7(8) 7-5 6-2, improved to 5-3 lifetime against the American, and set up a Porsche Tennis Grand Prix final against Nadia Petrova.
Russia’s Petrova advanced to the final in Stuttgart with a 6-4 6-4 win over Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, the 19-year-old player who upset fourth seed Elena Dementieva in the quarterfinals.
Jankovic, who was already assured of becoming the new women’s world No.1 when the rankings are released on Monday, reached her first final at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix (last year she was beaten in the semis by Justine Henin) and will face the 2006 Stuttgart champion Nadia Petrova.
Jankovic and Petrova meet for the eighth time in their careers and the Serb leads their series 5-2. Interestingly, two of Jankovic’s victories over Petrova came at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, in 2004 (first round) and 2007 (quarterfinals).