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Women’s French Open final set: Sharapova vs Williams
Tennis » Williams’ path to final easier than screaming Sharapova.


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She needed five match points to seal the victory. Serving for the victory for the second time, she held at love and finished with an ace.

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"Those last few points are the toughest," Sharapova said. I’m so happy that I regrouped and came out at 5-4 and served it out really well."

Following a 35-minute rain delay before the third set, Sharapova hit four double-faults in a single game, the last of them on break point, to make it 2-all. She struggled again with her serve at 5-2, losing a tense, sloppy 12-minute game when she squandered four match points and double-faulted on the final two points.

She was steadier at the end, however, and after accepting a cursory congratulatory handshake from Azarenka, Sharapova screamed through a grin.

"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," Sharapova said.


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She improved her record at Roland Garros to 43-9, best among active women. That includes victories in her past 13 French Open matches.

Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion, was playing in her first Roland Garros semifinal. She still believes she can win a clay-court Grand Slam title.

"Oh, sure," she said. "Not this year."

In the men’s semifinals Friday, seven-time champion Rafael Nadal plays No. 1 Novak Djokovic for the 35th time, and Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga faces Spaniard David Ferrer.

Williams took control against Errani by winning 26 of 34 points in the opening set. The match was 37 minutes old before Errani won a game, and the crowd responded with a roar as the Italian raised her arms in mock jubilation.

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