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Paris, France (Sports Network) - Former champion Jennifer Capriati will attempt to reach her second French Open final in four years when she battles Russian Anastasia Myskina in Thursday's semifinals at Roland Garros. The sixth-seeded Myskina and seventh-seeded Capriati will get it on with a berth in Saturday's lucrative final at stake.

The 28-year-old Capriati is a dominant 5-1 all-time against the 22-year-old Myskina. The two have split a pair of matches this season, with Myskina winning a hardcourt semifinal in Doha and Capriati taking a clay-court quarterfinal in Berlin last month. Capriati is a perfect 2-0 against Myskina on clay, and the American is 1-0 in Grand Slam play, with the victory coming on the storied grass at Wimbledon last year.

Capriati is a three-time Grand Slam champion, with a pair of Australian Open wins (2001-02) and her big Roland Garros victory in 2001 when she beat Belgian Kim Clijsters in the final. The slugging American is 3-8 in her previous Grand Slam semis, while Myskina will appear in her first-ever major semifinal.

Capriati reached the final four here by stopping second-seeded and fellow former French Open titlist Serena Williams in three sets in the quarters, while Myskina moved on by ousting fourth-seeded Venus Williams in straight sets on Tuesday.

Thursday's other semifinal will pit ninth-seeded Russian Elena Dementieva against 14th-seeded Argentine Paola Suarez . Dementieva will compete in her second career Grand Slam semi and her first since the 2000 U.S. Open, while Suarez will appear in her first-ever major final four.

Dementieva is 2-1 lifetime against Suarez, but the Argentine captured their lone clay-court meeting in Acapulco two years ago. Dementieva is, however, 1-0 in Grand Slam play, with the victory coming at the 2000 Australian Open.

The 22-year-old Dementieva reached the semis with a straight-set victory over third-seeded heavy French crowd favorite Amelie Mauresmo , while the 27-year- old Suarez subdued 18th-seeded Russian teenager Maria Sharapova, also in straights.

For the first time since the 1978 Aussie Open, the top-five women's seeds all failed to reach a Grand Slam semi. The top-five seeds at this 2004 Parisian fortnight were defending champion Justine Henin -Hardenne, Serena, Mauresmo, Venus and Lindsay Davenport .

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