Friday, 3 June 2016

TENNIS:- SERENA WILLIAM IN FRENCH OPEN FINAL:- Set Eyes on 22nd Grandslam Tittle

Serena Williams still on track to clinch 22nd Grand Slam title after sweeping aside Kiki Bertens to reach French Open final

Serena Williams is one match away from equalling Steffi Graf's tally of Grand Slam titles after finally seeing off the game challenge of Kiki Bertens on Friday.
The 34 year-old American can win a 22nd Major on Saturday if she can overcome Garbine Muguruza, thus drawing level with the great German.
Under more charcoal skies at Roland Garros Williams eventually won out 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 although like so many of her matches here tend to be it was rarely straightforward.
Serena Williams swept aside the challenge of Kiki Bertens and is now through to the French Open final

Serena Williams swept aside the challenge of Kiki Bertens and is now through to the French Open final
Williams did not have things her own way but the American prevailed to reach yet another final on Saturday

Williams did not have things her own way but the American prevailed to reach yet another final on Saturday
Dutchwoman Bertens has been on an incredible run for a world number 58 but her progress was halted

Dutchwoman Bertens has been on an incredible run for a world number 58 but her progress was halted
Williams consoles Bertens after bringing her French Open dream to an end in straight sets on Friday

Williams consoles Bertens after bringing her French Open dream to an end in straight sets on Friday

Bertens has had a remarkable event, beating Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber as part of a twelve match winning streak, and was hardly overwhelmed.
Wearing skins on her legs to protect from the cold she pushed Williams all the way, saving three match points before going down in 98 minutes when a final forehand went long.
'The first wasn't easy and I knew I had to play because she was playing so well,' said Williams. 'Tomorrow is very important for me and I need to stay calm.'
Williams came into the match apparently suffering with strained muscles in her lower stomach, while Bertens had an issue with her left calf. These weather conditions have not been amenable to anyone suffering aches and pains.
Williams overcame lower stomach pains to book her spot in the final at Roland Garros on Saturday

Williams overcame lower stomach pains to book her spot in the final at Roland Garros on Saturday
The American won an engrossing battle after failing to capitalise on three match points in 98 minutes

The American won an engrossing battle after failing to capitalise on three match points in 98 minutes
Bertens' momentum was finally sapped after having saved a match point in a fiercely competitive match

Bertens' momentum was finally sapped after having saved a match point in a fiercely competitive match
Nor have they helped the crowd figures at the seemingly cursed event, with the chill in the air more like the late autumn than spring supposedly turning into summer.
For the first set in particular the crowd was dismal, although the mitigating factors included security measures, the cold, travel problems elsewhere in France, changed schedules and the local obsession with lunch.
Bertens has been on an incredible run for a world number 58, and yet again Williams threatened to go into one of her Grand Slam meltdowns, struggling with her movement.
Both players wore skins on her legs to protect from the cold and Williams negotiated the weather conditions

Both players wore skins on her legs to protect from the cold and Williams negotiated the weather conditions
Bertens was hardly overwhelmed and she went down fighting after a 12-match winning streak came to an end

Bertens was hardly overwhelmed and she went down fighting after a 12-match winning streak came to an end
Williams will hope to get revenge on Garbine Muguruza after losing to her in the 2014 French Open final

Williams will hope to get revenge on Garbine Muguruza after losing to her in the 2014 French Open final
The Dutch player served for the first set at 5-4 and then had two set points in the tiebreak as the defending champion made some basic volleying errors.
Ultimately the greater experience of Williams in getting out of tight spots – she did exactly the same repeatedly last year – got her home as Bertens' momentum was finally sapped.
Yet it will not be easy for the American in the final as she faces the first Spaniard to get this far since Conchita Martinez. When they met here in 2014 Muguruza inflicted on Williams her heaviest Grand Slam defeat with a 6-2 6-2 victory.

 

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