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Schiavone dumps Wozniacki out of French Open

Francesca Schiavone celebrates after booking her place in the French Open semifinals.
Francesca Schiavone celebrates after booking her place in the French Open semifinals.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Francesca Schiavone beats third seed Caroline Wozniacki at French Open
  • Schiavone wins 6-2, 6-3 to book semifinal place
  • Italian will play Elena Dementieva who beat fellow Russian Nadia Petrova
  • Dementieva beats Petrova 2-6, 6-2, 6-0

(CNN) -- Francesca Schiavone became the first Italian to reach the French Open's final four in the modern era after dumping third seed Caroline Wozniacki out at Roland Garros.

The 17th seed won 6-2 6-3 to seal a semifinal clash with Elena Dementieva after the fifth seed beat fellow Russian Nadia Petrova 2-6 6-2 6-0.

Schiavone raced through the first set in just 38 minutes, breaking 19-year-old Wozniacki three times on her way to a 6-2 triumph.

The Dane held on until 3-3 in the second set before Schiavone edged ahead to seal the match and send her Italian fans on court into raptures.

It is the furthest 30-year-old Schiavone has ever gone in a slam and the first time she has beaten a top five player at one.

All the years I've worked are showing now.
--Francesca Schiavone
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After the game she told the official WTA Tour Web site: "In this moment I'm here but I'm not here. I'm so happy. I was focused and didn't let my level drop.

"All the years I've worked are showing now. Maybe it's a little late for others, but it's better late than never. And the tournament is not finished yet."

Beaten Wozniacki said: "She was playing better than me today. I was always one step behind and couldn't dominate the way I wanted to.

"I knew she was playing well. You're not playing badly when you go that far in the tournament. She's a difficult player to play against because she mixes the balls up a lot."

Dementieva won the all-Russian battle as she battled back from a set down to beat Petrova.

Petrova took the first set 6-2 but both players left the court for treatment during the opener. Petrova struggled thereafter, often hobbling between points.

Dementieva dominated the next two sets winning 6-2 6-0 in just over two hours.