Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Home is where the heart is.
Schiavone, the 30-year-old Italian, battled from a set and 4-1 down to defeat Russian teenager Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Bartoli became the first French player since Mary Pierce in 2005 to make the semi-finals thanks to a 7-6 6-4 win over 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Schiavone, the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam title when she defeated Aussie Samantha Stosur in last year's final, clinched a 1-6 7-5 7-5 win over 19-year-old Pavlyuchenkova in a sloppy quarter-final that featured 13 service breaks and 79 unforced errors.
Despite being 11 years older than the Russian, No.5 seed Schiavone said her experience had paid off in a tense finale.
"On 6-1 4-1, I said, 'Keep going'. The key is to hit three, four, five, six, seven balls, but I couldn't hit three, four. So at 4-1, I played two really good games,"' she said.
"Then she went a little bit down, and when I caught her, I say, 'Keep going. I am here. If I have to lose, I have to lose in the right way.'"
Over on Court Suzanne Lenglen, 26-year-old Bartoli and Kuznetsova fought out an untidy first set, which featured seven breaks of serve in 13 games.
Bartoli, an emotional jumping jack of nervous energy, clinched the tie break when No.13 seed Kuznetsova misdirected a forehand off a deep approach.
The Frenchwoman, a Wimbledon runner-up in 2007, was a break ahead in the opening game of the second set and backed it up with another break to lead 5-2.
But the experienced Russian clawed a break back in the eighth game as Bartoli served for the match.
Kuznetsova held for 4-5 but Bartoli claimed victory on her first match point when Kuznetova ballooned a forehand into the stands.