No. 1 Serena Williams secured a spot in the fourth French Open final of her career by sweeping the Netherlands Kiki Bertens 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 in the semifinals Friday at Roland Garros.
Seeking a record-tying 22nd Grand Slam title of her career, Williams fired off five aces but also had to overcome 31 unforced errors by working her net game, claiming 13 of her 19 attempts at close range.
Williams can claim a second-straight French title for the first time in her career, and equal Hall of Famer Steffi Graff’s slam record when she squares off against No. 4 Garvine Muguruza in the Saturday final. Muguruza coasted past No. 21 Samantha Stosur 6-2 6-4 earlier in the day.
No. 58 Bertens, who was unseeded but reaches the semis after upsetting No. 3 Angelique Kerber in the first round and Nol. 8 Timea Bacsinszky in the quarters, sees her unexpected and stellar run come to end after Williams proved too powerful in the second set.
Highlights for the match are below