ISTANBUL - Li Na’s fine performance in getting to the final of the season-ending WTA Championships was one in the eye for those who suggested that her best was behind her. Instead, at the age of 31, Li has not only become the first Asian to reach world number three but her game is evolving cleverly enough to hope for further triumphs in 2014. Although Li conceded the last nine games in a 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 loss to Serena Williams on Sunday, there was evidence of new tactical options and growing self-confidence as she overcame Victoria Azarenka, world No 2, and then troubled the world number one in the final. “Number 3 was the goal at the beginning of the year. I don’t know, lucky or happy in the last tournament, I made it,” she said. “So it’s a pretty good ending for 2013,” Li added.–AFP