The French Open Women’s Final is set Between Li Na and Francesca Schiavone
The women’s final at the French Open is set as Li Na is back in a Grand Slam final, reaching her second straight major championship match by defeating Maria Sharapova 6-4, 7-5 on Thursday. Li became the first
Chinese player to reach a Grand Slam final this year in Melbourne, as she finished as the runner-up at the Australian Open.
In Saturday’s final Li will face the defending champion Francesca Schiavone, who defeated the 11th ranked Marion Bartoli of France 6-3, 6-3 to reach the French Open Final. The fifth-seeded Schiavone became the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title when she won last season’s French Open.
The two finalists are a combined 60 years, 79 days in age, making I the oldest women’s Grand Slam final since Wimbledon in 1998, when Jana Novotna beat Nathalie Tauziat. If Schiavone were to win she would become the first woman over 30 to win a Grand Slam title since Martina Navratilova was 33 and won Wimbledon in 1990.