The home favorite has twice reached the semifinals of the China Open, and looked set for her third appearance when she took the first set by breaking Kvitova's serve in the final game. But Kvitova pulled clear, winning the final four games.
Beijing's National Tennis Centre erupted when Li saved a match point when she was losing 3-5, but she failed to save a second in the following game.
Li and Kvitova both played solid game, but the Czech was more efficient in the match, creating 18 breaking points and converting on seven of them, while Li, who was troubled by her poor first serve and had a total of 11 double faults, only had nine breaking chances and capitalized on five of them.
Kvitova improved her record against Li Na to 3-3 after the match. She will next face former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic in the semifinals.
(This is a reprint from the People's Daily Online of the Oct. 5, 2013 edition.)