When Schiavone kissed the women's singles trophy at Roland Garros last year, becoming the first Italian woman to win a Grand Slam title, Li Na said: "If she can do that, maybe I can do that too."
She made it yesterday. COMMENTS
An inspiration for young Chinese
Li Na sets sight on Wimbledon
China's Li Na carried the hopes of a continent into the French Open final as she blew away Maria Sharapova's dream of a career grand slam to set up a Roland Garros showdown with holder Francesca Schiavone on Thursday.
Francesca Schiavone compared herself to a fine Italian wine improving with age after the defending champion ended French hopes of Roland Garros glory with a semi-final win over Marion Bartoli on Thursday.
Defending champion Rafa Nadal faces the only man to have beaten him at the French Open on Wednesday when Robin Soderling will have his 2009 triumph but also last year's final defeat rattling in his mind.
No 3 Vera Zvonareva's loss in the fourth round Sunday, following earlier exits by No 1 Caroline Wozniacki and No 2 Kim Clijsters, makes this year's French Open the first in the Open era with none of the top three seeded women in the quarterfinals.
Fourth seed Andy Murray hopes to have recovered from an ankle injury in time to face Serbia's Viktor Troicki in the French Open fourth round on Monday when Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova are also in action.