02 Jun '11, 2pm

China's Li Na reaches French Open final

PARIS - CHINA'S Li Na shattered Maria Sharapova's dream of completing a set of Grand Slam titles by defeating the double-fault prone Russian 6-4, 7-5 in the French Open semi-finals on Thursday. In so doing, Li made it back-to back Grand Slam finals for her and she gets another crack at becoming the first player from China to win a major title after losing to Kim Clijsters at the Australian Open at the start of the year. For Sharapova it was a bitter pill to swallow as she had hoped to become just the 10th woman in the history of the sport to win all four Grand Slam titles, having won one apiece at Wimbledon and the Australian and US Opens. But 10 double faults, five in each set, proved to be her undoing. In Saturday's final, the 29-year-old Li will go up against the winner of the other semi-final which opposes defending champion Francesa Schiavone of Italy and Marion Barto...

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