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Serena takes Errani to the cleaners to make 1st French Open final since 2002

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serena_williams3The second of two women's semi-finals saw the top seed, Serena Williams, in action on centre court. Williams would face last year’s runner up Sara Errani, for a place in Saturday's French Open final. Serena had a 5-0 head to head against Errani but since the Italian is a clay court specialist there was a chance that she could challenge the top seed, who was on a 29 match winning streak.

Unfortunately, that was not the case as the world no.1 turned up on court in truly astonishing from and wasted no time in her 46 minute demolishing of her 5th seeded opponent serving up a bagel and a breadstick to move into her 20th Slam final.

The world no.1 and 2002 French Open champion played two almost perfect sets of tennis. Errani, who already has an unflattering mark of a loss in a ‘Golden Set’ on her CV, could only win 16 point in the entire match, eight in each set.

The match was totally on Serena William’s racket. Out a total of her 52 points won in the match, 40 came from winners. Errani won 12 of her 16 points from unforced errors by her opponent. Williams furthered her dominance by only conceding 5 points on serve and by breaking Errani’s serve 5 times.

The 2012 Wimbledon and U.S Open champion claimed the opening set in 21 minutes and raced to a 3-0 lead in the second winning 9 straight games and putting the 5th seed completely out of the contest. This was a recipe for a double bagel but Errani finally managed to hold serve in the 4th game of the second set to a resounding cheer from the supportive French crowd.

Unlike in the Sharapova-Azarenka match, no drama occurred as the world no.1 served for the match at 5-1 in the second set. She raced to a 40-0 lead before serving out the match 2 points later in style with an ace.

For the 16th time in their careers and fourth time in 2013, Serena Williams will take on Maria Sharapova. Much has been already said about their lopsided rivalry with Sharapova not being able to defeat her nemesis since her two victories in 2004. When she won a set off the American in the Miami finals, there was hope that the tables would turn but the Madrid final which the world no.1 won 6-1, 6-4 put paid to any such thought.

To compound the world no.2’s misery, the 15 time Slam winners more often than not brings her ‘A’ game to finals showcased by her 15-4 record in Championship matches.  The American’s performance, today’ was fearsome while Sharapova’s was strewn with errors.

Serena has extended her match winning streak to 30 and is in her first final in the year’s only clay court major after 11 years and is attempting to write out her 1st round loss in last year’s French Open by winning her 16th Major title. The defending champion will have to play out of her skin and play like she has never played before if she is to have any hope of stopping Serena.

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