8 Jun 2013

Williams and Sharapova to meet in final

1:27 pm on 8 June 2013

Serena Williams blitzed hapless Italian Sara Errani 6-0 6-1 in just 46 minutes to reach her second French Open tennis final, where she'll face defending champion Maria Sharapova for the title.

The American top seed, who won her only Roland Garros crown on her last final appearance in 2002, will be playing in her 20th career Grand Slam championship showdown after stretching her current winning streak to 30 matches.

In contrast, Sharapova had to survive a gruelling test to reach the final for the second straight year with a 6-1 2-6 6-4 defeat of Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in a match affected by rain.

Azarenka, bidding to become the first woman since Jennifer Capriati in 2001 to win the Australian and French Opens in the same year, can count herself unlucky to have seen her momentum halted by the rain, but Sharapova was marginally the better player.