Li Na advances to French Open final

Li Na beat Maria Sharapova 6-4, 7-5 Thursday to become the first

Chinese player to reach the French Open final.

The Australian Open runner-up will play either defending

champion Francesca Schiavone or Marion Bartoli in Saturday’s


Sharapova was bidding to complete a career Grand Slam this year

at Roland Garros, the only major she has not won.

The sixth-seeded Li broke back to level the score at 4-4 in the

second set then held with a forehand winner before being handed the

match when Sharapova double-faulted on the first match point.