Williams eyes 22nd Grand Slam title


June 04, 2016
Spain's Garbine Muguruza returns the ball to Australia's Samantha Stosur during their semi-final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, yesterday. (AP Photo)
Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates reaching match point in her quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament. Williams will play for her 22nd Grand Slam title today. (AP Photo)


Serena Williams moved one victory from her second consecutive French Open trophy and 22nd Grand Slam title overall, beating Kiki Bertens 7-6 (7), 6-4 in the semi-finals yesterday.

For the second match in a row, the number one-seeded Williams was hardly at her best, falling behind early and making 22 unforced errors in the first set alone. Williams needed to erase two set points for her 58th-ranked Dutch opponent in the opener, but managed to get through it.

In the final, Williams will face number-four Garbine Muguruza of Spain, a rematch of last year's Wimbledon title match won by the American.

Muguruza advanced by defeating 2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur, 6-2, 6-4.

If Williams wins she will equal Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 major championships. Only Margaret Court, with 24, has won more.

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