Maria Sharapova to face Serena Williams in French Open final
The French Open semi-finals shows how far Serena Williams has stretched clear of all her rivals, while the two women beneath her in the world rankings continue to fight over the scraps from her table. While Williams destroyed Sara Errani 6-0, 6-1 in just 46 minutes, Maria Sharapova fought toe-to-toe with Victoria Azarenka for more than two hours before winning 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 to reach the final for the second year in succession.
The world number one and the second seed will meet on Saturday after coming through their semi-finals in very different manners. Williams thrashed Italy’s Sara Errani 6-0 6-1 to reach her first Roland Garros final since she won the tournament back in 2002. Sharapova had earlier coped with a rash of double faults to beat Victoria Azarenka 6-1 2-6 6-4.
“To come back as the defending champion, it’s extremely special to get back on that stage where it comes down to the last two players of the tournament,” said the Russian.
Williams, who is now unbeaten in her last 30 matches and has lost just three times since her remarkable defeat in the first round here 12 months ago, was merciless in her demolition of Errani, last year’s beaten finalist. The 26-year-old Italian won just eight points in the first set and raised her arms in ironic celebration when she won her only game midway through the second. Williams had far too much power for the world No 5 and sealed her victory appropriately with an ace.
Although Sharapova is the defending champion, the outstanding favourite when the world’s two highest-ranked players meet in Saturday’s final will be the woman who won her only Roland Garros title 11 years ago. Williams has beaten Sharapova in their last 12 meetings and last lost to her nine years ago.
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Who do you think will win on Saturday?