Errani and Barthel advance to Paris Open final

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Spectators who were courtside to watch the two semi final matches at the Open GDF Suez tournament in Paris had a raw deal on Saturday afternoon, as they did not get to see much tennis. In the first match top seed Sara Errani took on the lucky loser from The Netherlands, Kiki Bertens, who had upset 6th seed Lucie Safarova in straight sets in the quarters. Errani had a bye in the first round, a retirement in the first set in the second round and then a marathon struggle with Carla Suarez Navarro in the quarters, where she had to save match point to eventually win. As in her second round match Errani, who had run up a 5-0 lead, won by retirement when Bertens could not continue to play.

The second semi was between two unseeded players – Mona Barthel who beat 3rd seed Marion Bartoli and Kristina Mladenovic, who disposed of 2nd seed Petra Kvitova in the previous round. Going into this semi, Barthel lead the head to head count 2-1. She reeled off the first set easily at 6-1, but the wild carded Frenchwoman put up more of a fight in the second, before going down 6-4 to give Barthel a straight sets win in a match that lasted just an hour and five minutes.

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