4 Jun 2009

Federer makes semis in Paris, Williams beaten

6:34 am on 4 June 2009

Roger Federer is a step closer to his maiden French Open tennis title, but the womens number Serena Williams has been beaten in the quarter-finals.

Federer produced a vintage performance to reach the last four with a 7-6 6-2 6-4 win over the young Frenchman Gael Monfils to qualify for his 20th consecutive grand slam semi-final.

The 27 year old Swiss, who's one grand slam title away from equalling Pete Sampras's record of 14 said he was very nervous going into his quarter-final match, but he was confident experience would carry him through.

Federer's semi-final opponent will be the towering Argentine Juan Martin del Potro who completely dominated his quarter-final against the Spaniard Tommy Robredo.

New names will be engraved on both singles trophies this year in Paris after Serena Williams' loss to a courageous Svetlana Kuznetsova.

The Russian 7th seed beat the former champion 7-6 5-7 7-5 despite spraining her ankle during the second set when she was heading for a win in straight sets.

Kuznetsova's semi-final opponent will be the Australian doubles specialist Samantha Stosur who easily beat the Sorana Cirstea a Romanian high school student.