Victorious Schiavone achieves first for Italy

09:26, June 02, 2010      

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Italy's Francesca Schiavone celebrates beating Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki during their women's quarterfinal at the French Open on Tuesday. Schiavone won 6-2, 6-3. Patrick Kovarik / Agence France-Presse

After Francesca Schiavone became the first Italian woman to reach the French Open semifinals since 1954, she collapsed face down on center court and kissed the clay.

Schiavone upset No 3-seeded Caroline Wozniacki in Tuesday's quarterfinals, 6-2, 6-3. Seeded 17th, Schiavone is the first Italian woman to reach the semifinals at any Grand Slam tournament in the Open era, which began in 1968.

"It's an honor for me to play here," she said. "I played really well. I'm enjoying it so much."

Schiavone will face Elena Dementieva of Russia in the semifinals. Dementieva defeated compatriot Nadia Petrova 2-6, 6-2, 6-0 in a later match.

The 29-year-old Schiavone improved to 8-40 against players ranked in the top five.

She had been 0-3 in major quarterfinals and hadn't reached the final eight at Roland Garros since 2001. This time she made the most of her chance.

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