Lucie Safarova beats Ana Ivanovic

Lucie Safarova

Lucie Safarova fought back to beat Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic and become the first Czech woman to reach the French Open final in 34 years.

The 13th seed trailed 5-2 in the first set but reeled off five straight games on her way to a 7-5 7-5 win.

She goes on to face world number one Serena Williams or 23rd seed Timea Bacsinszky in Saturday’s final.

“It is a dream come true. I cannot believe it,” said Safarova after converting a third match point.

“I started slowly but tried to keep up the level and play really aggressively because that was the only way to win.”

Safarova made the Wimbledon semi-finals last year, but is through to her first Grand Slam final.

The 28-year-old will try to match the achievement of her compatriot, Hana Mandlikova, who won the title in 1981.

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