Elena Dementieva Wins in Paris

Top-seeded Elena Dementieva rallied to defeat Melanie Oudin 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 Saturday and reach the final of the Open GDF Suez for the second straight year.

Dementieva will face Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic, who upset second-seeded Flavia Pennetta of Italy 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the other semifinal.

"I'm really happy to get through after such a difficult match," Dementieva said. "She is a real fighter and it's probably the most difficult win of the year for me."

Dementieva, who lost to Amelie Mauresmo in last year's final, was stopped by Oudin in the second round at the U.S. Open. She led 3-1 in the opening set before losing four consecutive games.