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By Ajay Tyagi
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Fifth seed and 2004 finalist Elena Dementieva survived a bad match opening and the blistering shotmaking of Nadia Petrova to win and reach the semifinals of the 2010 French Open, the year's second major being played on the red clay of Roland Garros in Paris, France.
Dementieva opened the match on a bad note and lose serve repeatedly to give it away with a 2-6 scoreline in 61 minutes. The second set saw a much improved Dementieva, who took tremendous control of her error count and broke Petrova's serve in several games to level the match at one set a piece.
The decider turned out to be a lopsided affair when Dementieva raced to a 5-0 lead and held her serve comfortably to complete the 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 win in two hours and 5 minutes of play.
Dementieva, who lost in early rounds at both U.S. Open and Australian Open has made a successful return at the Grand Slam level. Her last Semifinal apperance was at Wimbledon where she held a match point before succumbing to defeat against eventual champion Serena Williams.
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Dementieva now faces Italian Francesca Schiavone, who took out tournament's third seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-3 in just 80 minutes of play.
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