Rezai storms into Istanbul final

Updated: 27 May 2007 14:25 IST

Aravane Rezai beat top-seeded Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-4 on Friday to reach the final of the Istanbul Cup.

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.

Topics : Tennis Andy Roddick Lukas Dlouhy Rohan Bopanna Leander Paes Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi Maria Sharapova
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