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Bartoli into Paris final

2012-02-11 17:45

Paris - France's Marion Bartoli reached the Open GDF Suez final for the first time in her career after beating Czech Klara Zakopalova 7-6 (7/3), 6-0 at Stade Pierre de Coubertin on Saturday.

It is the first time in five attempts that 27-year-old Bartoli, the second seed, has reached the final in her home tournament.

She will face either German ninth seed Angelique Kerber, conqueror of Maria Sharapova on Friday, or unseeded Belgian Yanina Wickmayer in Sunday's final.

Having fought back from a set and 1-4 down in her quarter-final win over Italian seventh seed Roberta Vinci the day before, Bartoli displayed similar reserves of determination to overcome Zakopalova.

The Czech world number 51 led 5-2 and 40-15 in the first set but Bartoli saved two set points before storming back to win the set, with her opponent's resolve crumbling in a one-sided second set.

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