PARIS, FRANCE - MAY 28: Na Li of China hits a backhand during the women's singles round three match between Na Li of China and Sorana Cirstea of Romania on day seven of the French Open at Roland Garros on May 28, 2011 in Paris, France. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

French Open 2011: Women's Final To Feature Li Na Vs. Francesca Schiavone

Day 12 at Roland Garros features Li Na, Maria Sharapova, Francesca Schiavone, and Marion Bartoli in the women's semifinals of the French Open 2011.

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French Open 2011 Results: Francesca Schiavone Will Face Li Na In Women's Final

French Open 2011 results from Day 12 at Roland Garros, where the field for the women's final is set.

No. 5 Francesca Schiavone def. No. 11 Marion Bartoli, 6-3 6-3. In front of a partisan home crowd determined to see the only French player remaining in the tournament through to the finals, the defending Roland Garros champ and her contingent of 50 fans emerged victorious. There's no doubt after two straight-set victories in the semis this morning that the two fittest players are the two left standing.

Also clear is Schiavone's prowess on clay, after her second consecutive run to the finals. Previously she'd only made it to the quarters once at Roland Garros, that in 2001, the second year of her pro career. She ends a historic run by Marion Bartoli, who'd never advanced past the fourth round (in 2007) on her native soil.

Schiavone will face No. 6 Li Na on Court Philippe Chatrier this Saturday to determine whose ascension to the top ranks of women's tennis will stick.

Elsewhere at Roland Garros, the last vestiges of American interest have been swept away, with the top-ranked Bryan brothers recording a surprising straight-sets loss in the men's doubles semifinal to Juan Sebastian Cabal and the astonishingly-named Eduardo Schwank. The Bryans are most at ease on hard courts, and haven't made it to the finals here since 2006, but still must contend with the ignominy of letting an unseeded pair through to the last round.

Day 13 of play at Roland Garros 2011, featuring Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Andy Murray in the men's semifinals, will commence at 8 a.m. EDT Friday morning.


French Open 2011 Results: Li Na Defeats Maria Sharapova To Advance To Finals

French Open 2011 results from Day 12 at Roland Garros, where half the field for the women's final is set.

No. 6 Li Na def. No. 7 Maria Sharapova, 6-4 7-5. Sharapova's lingering serve problems did her in on a blustery day, with ten double faults and zero aces giving Li the edge on Court Philippe Chatrier.

One of the toplining stories heading into the French Open 2011 was Maria Sharapova's potential to complete a career Grand Slam with a win in Paris. With a widely-flung women's field to begin with and the top four seeds all out of contention by the semis, the way was paved.

But if you want compelling drama, Li Na's story is the one to beat. She became the first Chinese player to reach the finals of a major tournament this past January in Melbourne, where the only woman who could beat her was Kim Clijsters. Clijsters isn't here, and Li will seek the first Slam victory for a Chinese player while facing either a hometown favorite in Marion Bartoli or the defending champion Francesca Schiavone.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for more results from Day 12 of the 2011 French Open. Get live scores at Roland Garros' official website, and watch matches online for free on ESPN3.

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