Paris — Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova held steady to beat an erratic Tamara Zidansek in straight sets on Thursday and reach the French Open final in her 52nd grand slam.

The 29-year-old’s 7-5 6-3 win made her the woman with the most attempts needed to reach the final of one of the four majors. It was reward for her patience throughout a career that has earned her 12 titles but none on the biggest of stages, and also for her calmness against a player who blew hot and cold...

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