Dementieva and Jankovic look to shed nearly-women tag

Updated: Jun 03, 2010, 18:29 PM IST

Paris: Elena Dementieva and Jelena Jankovic, two of the nearly women of the game, will bid for another crack at grand-slam glory in the French Open semi-finals on Thursday.

Russian Dementieva, beaten in the Paris final in 2004, meets Italy`s Francesca Schiavone, while Jankovic, the US Open runner-up in 2008, plays ustralian Sam Stosur.

In the 2004 final, Dementieva`s nerves got the better of her and she won only four games against compatriot Anastasia Myskina.

The fifth seed has reached the semi-finals of all four grand slams but hopes she can cope with the pressure better this time round.

"You cannot think about winning a grand slam, it`s a two- week competition and anything can happen," Dementieva said. "I`m just glad to be in the semi-finals. Let`s see if I can handle this challenge."

Seventh seed Stosur knocked out four-times champion Justine Henin and world number one Serena Williams on her way to the semi-finals for the second successive year.

"She`s beaten two really good players, Justine and Serena, which shows she`s in top form," fourth seed Jankovic said.

"I just want to go out there and play my game and give my maximum, and what happens, happens."

Bureau Report