Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Kuznetsova to take on Safina

Svetlana Kuznetsova set up an all-Russian French Open final with Dinara Safina by beating Australian doubles specialist Sam Stosur in three sets in yesterday's second semi-final.

Kuznetsova, the seventh seed, reached her second Roland Garros showpiece thanks to a 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-3 victory over the 30th seed on Philippe Chatrier court.

Top seed and title favourite Safina awaits compatriot Kuznetsova tomorrow after she beat 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-3 6-3 in the first semi-final.

Kuznetsova, a finalist here in 2006 when she lost to Justine Henin, blew hot and cold and will need to up her game if she is to get the better of in-form Safina.