Bartoli beats Stosur to make Eastbourne final

By the Associated Press | June 18, 2011 | 8:44 AM EDT

France's Marion Bartoli plays a return to Australia's Samantha Stosur during their semifinal single tennis match at the Eastbourne International grass court tournament in Eastbourne, England, Saturday, June 18, 2011. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

EASTBOURNE, England (AP) — Marion Bartoli of France advanced to the final at Eastbourne with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over the seventh-seeded Australian Samantha Stosur.

Bartoli will meet Czech Petra Kvitova in the final after Kvitova won the other semifinal Saturday when Daniela Hantuchova retired with an abdominal injury trailing 7-6 (9) 4-2.

Bartoli was playing her fifth straight Eastbourne semifinal but had never progressed to the final.

Both players struggled with a blustery wind in a match that had been postponed on Friday because of rain.