2011 French Open - Day 12 action
The runner-up at the 2011 Australian Open, No. 6 Li Na of China now will have a chance to compete for the 2011 French Open title after she defeated No. 7 Maria Sharapova of Russia in straight sets, 6-4, 7-5.
Grimace and bear it
Hitting 10 double faults hurt Maria Sharapova's attempts to reach the final at Roland Garros for the first time in her career. She fell just short, losing in the semifinals for the second time in nine French Open appearances. Sharapova has won each of the other Grand Slam titles once.
While China's Li Na was broken three times on June 2, 2011, she broke semifinal-opponent Maria Sharapova of Russia five times to win the match.
Out of reach
Winning 66 points and losing 77, Russia's Maria Sharapova came out on the losing end of a 6-4, 7-5 score in a match against China's Li Na that lasted 108 minutes.
Running it down
Hitting 24 winners to 23 unforced errors helped No. 6 Li Na of China beat No. 7 Maria Sharapova of Russia in Day 12 action. Sharapova hit 12 winners to 28 unforced errors in the match.
Appreciating the clay
Defending champion Francesca Schiavone became the first Italian woman ever to win the French Open. Now she'll have a chance to win back-to-back titles at Roland Garros after beating France's Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-3 on June 2, 2011. After the victory, Schiavone continued her tradition of bending down and kissing the red clay at Roland Garros.
Prior to the 2011 tournament, France's Marion Bartoli never had made it past the fourth round at the French Open. This time she reached the semifinals before falling to Italy's Francesca Schiavone.
Serving up success
Broken just once by No. 11 Marion Bartoli of France in their semifinal match, No. 5 Francesca Schiavone of Italy converted four of her own six break point chances to secure the victory.
No. 11 Marion Bartoli of France won just 16 of 50 receiving points against No. 5 Francesca Schiavone of Italy in Day 12 semifinal action in Paris.
Hitting 22 winners to 16 unforced errors, No. 5 Francesca Schiavone earned a chance to defend her French Open title. No. 11 Marion Bartoli hit 11 winners to 18 unforced errors in the match.
Under a watchful eye
Looking for his sixth career French Open men's singles title, Spain's Rafael Nadal took to the Roland Garros courts for a practice session on June 2, 2011, one day before he would take on Great Britain's Andy Murray in the 2011 semifinals.
Friendly fist bump
Taking a break from his Day 12 practice session, Great Britain's Andy Murray spent some time with more tennis coach Brad Gilbert.
The unseeded duo of Australia's Casey Dellacqua (left) and American Scott Lipsky shocked No. 1 seeds and defending champions Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic 7-6 (6), 4-6, 10-7 to win the mixed doubles title at the French Open on June 2, 2011.
Duck and cover
Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia converted four of their seven break point chances and were just broken three times themselves but still lost the championship match to Casey Dellacqua of Australia and Scott Lipsky of the United States.
Covering the court
Winning a total of 76 points (include six of the last seven in the super-tiebreaker) and losing 73, the United States' Scott Lipsky and Australia's Casey Dellacqua gutted out a title win over Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik and Serbia's Nenad Zimonjic in Paris on Day 12.
Spectators at Philippe Chatrier court were treated to competitive women's semifinal matches on June 2, 2011.