Razzano through to Eastbourne final

Updated: June 19, 2009, 2:32 PM ET
Associated Press

EASTBOURNE, England -- Virginie Razzano reached the Aegon International final on Friday when Marion Bartoli retired with a leg injury while trailing 6-4, 1-0.

Razzano will play sixth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who defeated Aleksandra Wozniak of Canada 3-6, 6-4, 6-4.

On the men's side, second-seeded Dmitry Tursunov will face qualifier Frank Dancevic in the final.

Turnsunov beat eighth-seeded Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 6-2, and Dancevic defeated Fabrice Santoro 6-4, 6-4.

Bartoli refused to shake hands with Razzano after pulling out of the all-French semifinal with a right quadriceps strain. Razzano had complained in a French newspaper that Bartoli often made a fuss over minor injuries to gain a mental advantage over opponents.

"What she said about me in the newspaper was not really brilliant, but I get that's the way she is," Bartoli said. "I could never say that about another player."

Razzano had no regrets about her comments.

"She can stop any time in any match," Razzano said. "If you stop to look at her because she has pain everywhere, she tries to make your concentration go down and you can't play because you are thinking what has happened.

"It's a disappointment for her but not for me because I am in the final. It's a good win for me because I have more energy for tomorrow."

Bartoli broke three times in the first set but dropped serve four times. She then had her right thigh wrapped to start the second set.

"When it was 1-0, 40-0 I felt a sharp pain, and after that I couldn't push on my right leg to serve and it was getting worse and worse," Bartoli said. "It's just two days before Wimbledon. I have to play on Monday, so it's going to be very difficult."

In the second semifinal, both players struggled with the wind. Wozniak had the more positive start, playing aggressively and making fewer errors.

Wozniacki hit a forehand into the net to lose the first set. After an early exchange of breaks in the second, she broke again to lead 4-3. Wozniacki broke for 3-2 in the decider and closed it out.


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