French Open Tennis Finals Ladies

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Kuznetsova to face her close friendSafina

Safina was not at her best but she still saw off Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-3, 6-3, while Kuznetsova needed to dig deep to stop Australia’s Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3.It will be just the second all-Russian final at Roland Garros after the 2004 French Open when Anastasia Myskina defeated Elena Dementieva and it will be the 13th meeting between the two 23-year-olds with Safina ahead 7-5.Safina, who lost in straight sets in last year’s final to Ana Ivanovic, is on a mission here to win her first Grand Slam title and silence those who say she is not worthy of being the world No.1 until she does so.

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