Dementieva reaches semifinals at French Open
Fifth-seeded Elena Dementieva has advanced to the semifinals of the French Open by rallying to beat fellow Russian player Nadia Petrova, 2-6, 6-2, 6-0.
Dementieva, who will play Italy's Francesca Schiavone in the last four, pulled away on Tuesday by hitting 11 winners in a final set in which Petrova won only 12 points.
No. 19 Petrova appeared hampered at times by a sore left thigh, which she had rewrapped midway through the first set. Dementieva also received treatment during the 17-minute break, when a trainer taped her right thigh.
It is Dementieva's best showing at Roland Garros since 2004, when she was runner-up.