STRASBOURG, France - A Frenchwoman was garaunteed to reach the final at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, and former champion Caroline Garcia will play for her second title on home soil.
The No.4 seed ended the Cinderella run of compatriot Chloe Paquet in Friday's second semifinal, 6-3, 6-4.
Garcia, the 2016 champion in Strasbourg, becomes the first Frenchwoman to reach the final in three years, and will face No.5 seed Dayana Yastremska, the first Ukrainian to reach the singles final at the event, in Saturday's championship.
Garcia served 11 aces, and did not face a break point, in the match overall, extending her head-to-head edge over her compatriot to 3-0.
All three victories have come on French soil, with the pair first meeting on the ITF Circuit as teenagers in 2011, and then again in the second round of Roland Garros two years ago.
The World No.223 gave a good accounting of herself over the course of an hour and 13 minutes, but proved to have few answers to the power of her elder comaptriot, who struck 24 winners to 16 unforced errors in the match.
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