SERENA TO PLAY FRENCH OPEN FINAL

By Craig Gabriel

PARIS: What can you say about the way Serena Williams played her semifinal of the French Open? After the first few games people were lost for words and the crowd around the centre court were trying to digest the awesome performance she was putting in.

It took Serena just 46 minutes to end any hope Sara Errani, last year’s finalist may have had in trying to reach the championship match again. Serena won the first nine games of the match and conceded just one; the score was 6-0, 6-1 and the match ended with a blistering ace in the corner of the t-junction.

So could she feel sorry for an opponent when things are going like they did.

“Well, I definitely can’t allow myself. She’s a great girl. I really, really like her. I love her fighting spirit.  I really like her as a person. But when you go out there, you just have to play and forget about who you’re playing,” said Serena.

There was nothing Errani could do and when she won her only game her supporters in the player’s box rose to applaud. The crowd cheered and Errani raised both her arms and had a slight smile on her face. It was not long after that she had a dejected look on her face. Trying to make anything of the match was just a hopeless cause.

That is how dominant and awesome Serena was as she reached the final here at Roland Garros for the second time and the first time since she held the Coupe Suzanne Lenglen trophy aloft.

She will take on Maria Sharapova for the title. She had a tough match against Victoria Azarenka which went the distance 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. It took her two service games to finish it off.

The final will be their 16th meeting and Serena has won 13 times including the last 12.

“Oh, it will really feel special,” she said. “I have never played Maria here actually, so it will be our first time playing here. It will be a great match I think for both of us. We both are doing so well and we both just really want to win.  We’re both really excited to be this far.

So I think it’s just going to be a great match.”

It was back in 2002 that Serena won the French Open but for her it doesn’t seem that long ago. She doesn’t think about that match because all her focus is on the job at hand and that is to win the Championship again.

“It would awesome for me. I don’t think there’s anything that can describe how happy I would be,” said Serena, “but right now it’s still a dream.  I still have another match to play ‑ hopefully to win.”