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Majoli, Svensson in Bol Open Finals

May 4, 2002

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BOL, Croatia (AP) _ Iva Majoli, the No. 4 seed from Croatia, beat Libuse Prusova 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4 Saturday to advance to the finals of the Croatian Bol Ladies Open.

Majoli, the only seeded player left in the $170,000 tournament, will play Aasa Svensson. Svensson cruised past Tathiana Garbin 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal.

Majoli saved three match points to reach her second consecutive tournament final.

``It was very hard. I have played with all my power,″ the 1997 French Open champion said after 2 hours, 42 minutes on court.

Majoli, who won at Charleston, S.C., last week, had problems in the first set. She started well, leading 5-3, but lost the set in a tiebreak. After the first set, she even asked for medical help.

``I wasn’t feeling well. I didn’t sleep the whole night and was feeling so weak,″ she said.

Prusova, ranked 318th in the world, started strong in winning the first set and leading 5-4 in the second.

Svensson reached her first final of the year.

``I always expect a long match, but today I was using my head on the court and was concentrating very hard,″ she said.

Svensson, the only player who didn’t lose a set on her way to the finals, is ranked 87th. She won at Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in 1999 and was runner-up in Prague in 1994 and Houston in 1995. She also reached the third round of this year’s Australian Open.

Svensson broke Garbin in the final game of the first set and took four games in a row after 2-2 in the second set to finish the match.

``I guess Garbin was a bit tired, because she also played doubles yesterday,″ she said.

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