Serena Williams vowed coming into Roland Garros that she would not become distracted and that when it mattered most, she would deliver her best. And through the semi-finals, she has certainly made good on her word.
In one of her most impressive performances ever at a major, Williams destroyed 2012 finalist Sara Errani 6-0, 6-1 to earn herself a much-anticipated clash with defending champion Maria Sharapova in the final.
The 15-time Grand Slam champion’s statistics were out-of-this-world good, as she crushed 40 winners in the 52 points she won, and committed only 12 unforced errors in the 46-minute match. For her part, Errani only managed two winners and committed three unforced errors.
Simply put, Williams over-powered the Italian winning 28 of her 33 service points, while Errani only managed to win 11 of 35. Williams broke her foe five times and won eight of her 10 points at the net. She was lethal with her vaunted serves, crushed returns and controlled almost every point off the ground.
Williams only lost 10 games in her first four matches, but was pushed to the wall by 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the quarter-finals in a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory in nearly two hours. But that was only contest of her six so far that she has been pushed to beyond 1 hour and 10 minutes.
The world No. 1 has won 30 consecutive matches, including title runs in Miami, Charleston Madrid and Rome.
31-year-old Williams, who has reached her 20th Grand Slam final, has not lost to Sharapova since 2004, recording 12 straight wins including three times this year at Doha, Miami and Madrid. However, they have never faced off at Roland Garros, where Sharapova has won 13 consecutive matches.
"She played unbelievable - that's it," said Errani. "When she plays like this, it's very difficult for me to play. She's very strong so there's nothing to be done. Playing doubles has not affected me physically. Honestly, I enjoyed playing today. It was a great court, great weather, everything. I tried everything and gave my all. She had a great day. This is sport."
"Sara is a great girl," said Serena. "I like her and her fighting spirit. But when you go out there, you have to forget about who you're playing. It would be awesome to win the tournament. I don't think I can describe how happy I would be. But right now it's still a dream. I'm feeling really comfortable here this time. What's changed this year? I didn't lose in the first round."