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French Open: Francesca Schiavone to Meet Samantha Stosur in Final

Italy will finally have a woman in a French Open final. Francesca Schiavone squeezed out a 7-6 first set victory in the semifinal against Russia’s Elena Dementieva then watched as her opponent refused to return for the next frame. The fifth-seeded Dementieva retired after the hard-fought first set to give Schiavone an easy pass into the final.

Schiavone, who has never reached a Grand Slam semifinal prior to this year’s French Open, was stunned at first and appeared to be at a loss after Dementieva’s signaled the end of the match. “I’ve already made history for my country,” she said after the stunning end to what could have been a long match.

Dementieva cited a tear in her calf as reason for her retirement. She said that the pain “was a bit too much.” “I couldn’t really move on the court,” she said.

Schiavone will meet Australia’s Samantha Stosur, who continued her giant-killing ways with a rather easy, 6-1, 6-2, victory against fourth-seed Jelena Jankovic in the other semifinal. Stosur, the seventh seed, dumped top seed Serena Williams in the quarterfinals and former world no.1 and four-time French Open champion Justin Henin in the fourth round.