PARIS — Li Na beat Maria Sharapova 6-4, 7-5 Thursday to become the first Chinese player to reach the French Open final.
The Australian Open runner-up will play either defending champion Francesca Schiavone or Marion Bartoli in Saturday's final.
Sharapova was bidding to complete a career Grand Slam this year at Roland Garros, the only major she has not won.
The sixth-seeded Li broke back to even the score at 4-4 in the second set. She held with a forehand winner before being handed the match when Sharapova double-faulted on the first match point.