PARIS (AFP) - Defending champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy beat Frances Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-3 on Thursday to reach the French Open final. The 30-year-old, fifth seed, will take on Li Na, the first Chinese player to make the Paris final, in Saturdays title match. Victory will make Schiavone the first player 30 or over to win a Grand Slam title since Martina Navratilovas 1990 Wimbledon triumph. I hope my experience from the final last year will help. Its a dream come true to reach another final, said Schiavone. But Li has had an amazing year. She was in the Australian Open when she lost to Kim (Clijsters). It will be tough. She is a great player and a great person, but someone has to win. Schiavones smarter, better-timed changes of pace, and her more convincing all-court game, proved crucial in a 40-minute opening set against Bartoli. Schiavone was a shock winner at Roland Garros last year but the fifth seed has looked a real contender from the start this time as bigger names crashed out early. A break for 5-3 in the first set came at just the right time for the Italian after some cagey exchanges occasionally peppered with a neat drop shot or volley in the wind. The second set was topsy-turvy but Schiavone eventually won when Bartoli netted. Chinas Li Na shattered Maria Sharapovas dream of completing a set of Grand Slam titles by defeating the double-fault prone Russian 6-4, 7-5 in the first semi-final. In so doing, Li made it back-to back Grand Slam finals for her and she gets another crack at becoming the first player from China to win a major title after losing to Kim Clijsters at the Australian Open at the start of the year. For Sharapova it was a bitter pill to swallow as she had hoped to become just the 10th woman in the history of the sport to win all four Grand Slam titles, having won one apiece at Wimbledon and the Australian and US Opens. But 10 double faults, five in each set, proved to be her undoing. I never believed I could be in the final of the French Open, said Li, better known for her play on hard courts and grass. I hope I can do even better on Saturday. Both players are tough so I will watch them later and just enjoy the day and then get ready for today (Saturday). Sharapova came into the semi-final on a 10-match winning streak on clay following her victory in Rome and with a self-professed new-found confidence on the surface on which she has always struggled. But it was clear early on that of the two players, she was the one most troubled by the gusts of wind that whipped up the red dirt on the Philippe Chatrier centre court on a sunny, pleasant Paris afternoon.