second set as Clijsters would fine tune her game while Li would commit several costly errors.
A netted crosscourt backhand from Li leveled the match at one set all.
Clijsters controlled much of the final set as it appeared the turning point of the match occurred midway through the second set when Liís level of play dropped.
With Clijsters serving for the match at 5-3, 40-0, a Li inside out forehand down the line landed wide to end the match.
Despite finishing one step short, Li would become the first Asian born player to reach a grand slam singles final.
Clijsters scored her first grand slam singles title at the US Open in 2005. The Belgian then won twice again in New York in 2009 and 2010.