Dementieva reaches semifinals at French Open

BY foxsports • June 1, 2010

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.

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