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Schiavone & Li Na Reach French Open Final

Li Na defeated Maria Sharapova 6-4, 7-5 today at the French Open to reach her second straight championship match. Li Na will face defending French Open champion Francesca Schiavone on Saturday in the championship final. Schiavone defeated Marion Bartoli today 6-3, 6-3. Here is more from the AP and

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The finalists are a combined 60 years, 79 days in age, making it the oldest women’s Grand Slam final since Wimbledon in 1998, when Jana Novotna beat Nathalie Tauziat.

“The years can help a lot,” the 30-year-old Schiavone said. “Like I said some days ago, (it) is like the wine. Stay(ing) in the bottle more is much, much better.” open womens final

Both women have been “on fire” for the last year. Schiavone was the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam title last year. Li Na was the first Chinese tennis pro to reach a Grand Slam final at the Austrailian Open this year, and now she will attempt to become the first China born tennis player to win a Grand Slam.

The names Li Na and Francesca Schiavone don’t draw as many headlines as names like Williams, Sharapova, or Clijsters. However, both have played amazing tennis in the last year. Expect both of them to continue their dominance on Saturday. The question is, who will be more dominant? Schiavone’s game is more suitable for the clay. But, Li Na has as much endurance as anyone in the sport. Fasten your seat belts tennis fans, Saturday’s final should be a beauty.

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