A sick Serena Williams can win a semifinal 6-0 in the third, but can she win in the final?
The world No. 1 scored her fourth win from a set down over the tournament to defeat Timea Bacsinszky 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the semifinals on Thursday to set up a championship with first-time Slam finalist Lucie Safarova.
Bacsinszky won the first set over Williams and broke in the fifth game of the second set for a 6-4, 3-2 lead before Williams ran off with 10 straight games to gain the final.
Williams with flu symptoms was unable to make the post-match conference but issued the statement, “I’m so sorry I couldn’t make it to press this evening. I have been feeling unwell for a few days, and after this tough match against Timea, I needed to see the tournament doctor. I am proud to be back in the final here at Roland Garros, in a city that means so much to me, and am determined to be 100 percent ready for the final against Lucie on Saturday.”
She’s a win away from a 20th Grand Slam title which would be the third-most after Margaret Court (24) and Steffi Graf (22).
Safarova beat former Roland Garros champ Ana Ivanovic 7-5, 7-5.
“I started a little bit slower in the match and wasn’t swinging as much as I should. I was a little slow on my feet,” Safarova said. “Ana was playing well right away and going for her shots, too, but I slowly started getting into the rhythm, into the game. Then right away I took the set, took the momentum. In the second set, when I realized I could finally be in the finals, I got a little bit tense there. And the game at 5-4, I was really over-thinking and couldn’t really concentrate to be there in that moment.”
After 12 years on tour it is the first Slam final for the Czech.
“It’s slowly sinking in and it’s just amazing,” she said. “The happiness is unreal.”
Williams is 8-0 career against Safarova, including a handful of close matches.
“Serena is No. 1 in the world, and a great player,” she said. “I will just go there and play my game, and try to get the trophy.”
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