Istanbul:Aravane Rezai beat top-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-4 on Friday to reach the final of the Istanbul Cup.
The 20-year-old Frenchwoman, who is ranked 62nd, will meet another Russian player, Elena Dementieva, in Saturday's final of the clay-court French Open warmup.
Dementieva beat fifth-seeded Alona Bondarenko 7-6 (5), 6-2.
"It feels great," the second-seeded Russian said. "Now I'm looking forward to my first final of the year."
The French Open starts on Sunday.