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Kuznetsova lines up all-Russian showdown

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  • Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova through to the final of French Open on Thursday
  • Seventh seed defeats Australian doubles specialist Sam Stosur in three sets
  • Kuznetsova now faces compatriot and top seed Dinara Safina for women's title
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(CNN) -- Svetlana Kuznetsova set up an all-Russian French Open final with Dinara Safina after defeating Australian Sam Stosur in three sets in Thursday's second semifinal.

Kuznetsova was made to battle all the way by Sam Stosur before reaching the French Open final.

Kuznetsova was made to battle all the way by Sam Stosur before reaching the French Open final.

Seventh seed Kuznetsova reached her second Roland Garros showpiece courtesy of a 6-4 6-7 6-3 victory over the 30th-seeded doubles specialist.

Kuznetsova, the 2004 U.S. Open champion and 2006 French runner-up to Justine Henin, will now face top seed Safina -- after her compatriot saw off 20th seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-3 6-3 in Thursday's first semifinal.

However, Kuznetsova will have to improve if she is to defeat the world number one, after blowing hot and cold for much of Thursday's match on Philippe Chatrier court.

The 23-year-old broke three times to take the first set and looked set for a comfortable victory when 4-2 up in the second.

Stosur, a winner of 22 doubles titles, was bidding to become the first Australian woman to reach the French Open singles final since Wendy Turnbull in 1979, but was making too many unforced errors.

However, she began a superb recovery -- breaking back in the eighth game and then recovering from 5-2 down in the tie-break to reel off five straight points, taking the match into a decider.

After an extended toilet break and a change of top, Kuznetsova came back fighting and needed just one break -- in the sixth game -- to seal the win.

"I'm a little tired because I've had two long matches in a row. But it's all nerves and emotions -- I'll be fine," Kuznetsova told reporters.

"She (Dinara) is going to be favorite. She's the number one. She's played an unbelievable season. I have nothing to lose out there."

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