Safina secures place in final

PARIS - World number one Dinara Safina moved one step closer to a maiden Grand Slam title yesterday as she reached the French Open final with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Slovak Dominika Cibulkova.

PARIS - World number one Dinara Safina moved one step closer to a maiden Grand Slam title yesterday as she reached the French Open final with a 6-3 6-3 victory over Slovak Dominika Cibulkova.

The Russian needed one hour 41 minutes to down the 20th seed.

Safina struggled to find her range with her forehand, but she proved more efficient on the key points of the match, prevailing in most of the long rallies.

Safina, who has a tendency of losing her temper, kept her composure during most of the match, barring a couple of minor outbursts. In a scrappy display she committed 24 unforced errors.

Cibulkova did not seize her chances, and failed to convert seven of her eight break opportunities. - Reuters

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