PARIS, France - After an earlier-than-expected exit in women's doubles, World No.1 Latisha Chan will nonetheless get to play for a trophy at the French Open.
Chan and her partner Ivan Dodig of Croatia, the second seeds in the mixed doubles draw, ousted No.8 seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Robert Farah in a match tiebreak on Wednesday, 4-6, 7-5, 10-8 to advance to Thursday's final against top seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and another Croatian in Mate Pavic.
The appearance in the final will be the second mixed doubles Grand Slam final of Chan's career, having finished runner-up with Australian Paul Hanley in Melbourne in 2011.
Groenefeld and Farah were runner-up in Paris a year ago, but the No.8 seeds were unable to build on a set advantage in their semifinal encounter.
The German and Colombian pair came from an early break down to level proceedings late in the second set, but Chan and Dodig secured a vital break in the final game of the set to send the match the distance.
The No.2 seeds trailed in the match tiebreak early at 3-1, but never again trailed after leveling proceedings at 5-5, and won three of the last four points to take the victory and advance to their first final as a team.
Chan and Bethanie Mattek-Sands were the No.4 seeds in the women's doubles draw, but were upset in the second round by Romanian pair Irina Bara and Mihaela Buzarnescu.
The defeat, coupled with Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic's loss in the women's doubles quarterfinals on Wednesday, ensures that Russians Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina will jointly supplant Chan at the top of the rankings on Monday.
Dabrowski will look to defend her title in mixed in Paris, having become the first Canadian woman to win a Grand Slam title last year in the discipline with Rohan Bopanna.
The Canadian and Pavic have already tasted Grand Slam glory this year, having defeated Babos and Bopanna to win the first major of the year at the Australian Open.