Garcia and Chirico to contest Limoges final

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Third seed Caroline Garcia will be the favourite to win the Open de Limoges final after beating Katerina Siniakova in three sets on Saturday.

Garcia, the world number 35, triumphed 6-3 5-7 6-3 to set up a final meeting with teenager Louisa Chirico.

A routine win looked set to come the way of the Frenchwoman when she claimed the only break of the first set.

However, Siniakova forced a decider before eventually bowing out of the competition.

Chirico came through a gruelling second set to beat Francesca Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion, 6-3 7-6 (7-5).

Schiavone struggled badly on her second serve throughout the opener as she was broken on three occasions.

The veteran showed her battling qualities to force a tie-breaker in the second set, against a player 16 years her junior, yet it was Chirico who prevailed.