Ana Ivanovic, Lucie Safarova in French Open semis

Paris: Ana Ivanovic and Lucie Safarova will clash for a place in the French Open final after comfortably defeating younger rivals at a windswept Roland Garros yesterday.

Ana Ivanovic
Ana Ivanovic 

Ivanovic reached her first Grand Slam semi-final in seven years when she beat Ukraine's Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-2 while Safarova booked a place in the French Open last four for the first time by seeing off Garbine Muguruza 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.

Serb seventh seed Ivanovic, 27, last made the semi-finals of a major on her way to her only Grand Slam title in Paris in 2008.

It will be her fifth last-four appearance at a major following similar runs to the 2007 and 2008 semi-finals at Roland Garros, Wimbledon in 2007 and the Australian Open in 2008. Ivanovic has now won all her seven meetings against Svitolina, seven years her junior.

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