From Russia with love
The women's singles French Open final is an all-Russian affair, as odds-on favourite Dinara Safina takes on Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Safina - runner-up at Roland Garros to Ana Ivanovic twelve months ago - has been in imperious form over the last fortnight, losing just one set.
That Victoria Azarenka actually managed to take six games off the world number one to win a set in their quarter-final came as a shock, such was Safina's dominance up to that point. However, normal service was resumed in the semi-final as the top-seed blew Dominika Cibulkova, conqueror of Maria Sharapova, away.
Kuznetsova, on the other hand, has had a slightly tougher path to Saturday's grand finalé, having been taken to three sets in each of her last three matches, including in her stunning defeat of ten-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams.
The seventh-seed is in the form - and physical shape - of her life and will be a much sterner test for Safina than anyone she's faced thus far. Whether her form is good enough to upset the odds and claim the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen is a different matter altogether.
The pair do have a history - they've met on the clay of Roland Garros twice in the last four years, with one win apiece, and have also met in two clay finals this season already - again sharing the spoils.
If Svetlana plays to her potential and doesn't roll over like Dinara's previous six opponents, we could be in for an exciting encounter in western-Paris.
|Head-to-head stats - how do these two players compare?|
|1||French Open seed||7|
|1||Current WTA ranking||7|
|1 (20 April 2009)||Career high WTA ranking||2 (10 September 2007)|
|27 April 1986 (age 23)||Birth date||27 June 1985 (age 23)
|Moscow, Russia||Birth place||St. Petersburg, Russia|
|Monte Carlo, Monaco||Residence||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|5'11.5" (182 cm)||Height||5'8.5" (174 cm)|
|154.5 lbs (70 kg)||Weight||161 lbs (73 kg)|
|Željko Krajan||Coach||Larisa Savchenko|
|2||YTD singles titles||1|
|28/6||YTD singles won/lost||21/7|
|$1,864,243||YTD prize money||$738,184|
|11||Career singles titles||10|
|309/139||Career singles won/lost||365/152|
|$7,321,494||Career prize money||$10,877,002|
|0||Grand Slam titles||1|
|Best Grand Slam results|
|Runner-up ('09)||Australian Open||Quarter-final ('05, '09)|
|Runner-up ('08)||French Open||Runner-up ('06)|
|Third-round ('05, '06, '08)||Wimbledon||Quarter-final ('03, '05, '07)|
|Semi-inal ('08)||US Open||Winner ('04)|
||Clay||R32||Safina||4-5, 4-1, 4-1, 4-0
||Clay||SF||Safina||3-6, 6-4, 7-5
||Hard||QF||Safina||2-6, 6-3, 6-2