Serena Skates By; Faces Bertens in French Open Semis Friday
by Staff | June 2nd, 2016, 4:43 pm

World No. 1 Serena Williams will take the court for a third straight day at the French Open on Friday when she meets surprise unseeded semifinalist Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.
The American, still trying to capture that elusive 22nd Grand Slam title, found herself down a set to Zazakh Yulia Putintseva before scraping out a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 win.

“I just kept hitting balls out,” Williams said. “I just wasn’t firing the way I wanted to. I definitely knew I needed to do something different if I was going to stay in the tournament. Honestly, at one point I didn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

The 34-year-old at one point in the second set was a handful of points away from exiting.

“I always try to have a plan B and C and go from there,” Williams said. “In the beginning of the second set I started playing better, but then I let her come back. I was not the most positive mentally, but obviously I didn’t want to stop.”

Williams sprayed 43 unforced errors to 16 for Putintseva.

Bertens on Thursday upended No. 8 seed Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 7-5, 6-2.

“I am just going to go out there and have fun again and give my all,” said Bertens, who is on a 12-match winning streak.

Bertens took a key medical timeout between sets, which seeming to unhinge Bacsinszky who lost four straight games.

Friday will feature both women’s semifinals, (1) Williams vs. Bertens, and (4) Garbine Muguruza vs. (21) Sam Stosur.

Williams beat Bertens in their only career meeting at last year’s US Open 7-6(5), 6-3. Stosur won her only career meeting with Muguruza at Madrid in 2014 in three sets.

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10 Comments for Serena Skates By; Faces Bertens in French Open Semis Friday

alena Says:

“Zazakh Yulia Putintseva”


Wog Boy Says:

The correct would be “Russian representing Kazakhstan” by her own words, she corrected reporter when he said that she is from Kazakhstan, born in Moscow and lives in Moscow, goes to Kazakhstan only whe she has to play for them.
Most of Russian players who can’t make national team play for few of those former USSR republics, for a good money of course.

Margot Says:

Agreeing with people about Thiem. If he could get some control on that forehand, the sky’s the limit. Seems very serious about his tennis too, which some of the other “young guns” don’t seem to be.
@Wog Boy
If you guys don’t want Nick, please parcel him up and send him to the UK, We need him!
Andy in 4. Nole in 4.
Let’s Go!

Margot Says:

Oh yuk, sorry. Posted completely the wrong place.
Serves me right for not checking :(
In right place…looks like Serena’s trophy. Is anyone left who could match her power?

Wog Boy Says:


We want him, but rigid and stupid AOC, just went too far and pissed him off, Tennis Australia and all players are behind him on this one and support his decision.
I think we are on the wrong thread..:)

Margot Says:

I know Wog Boy, my bad :(
Time tx had an edit button.

Margot Says:

Back on topic, I suppose Stosur can match Serena, but she seems a bit flaky to me. When her forehand doesn’t work, her game collapses, tho the commies were saying she has made a lot of improvements to her backhand.

FedExpress Says:

the moment where bertens will choke has now arrived.

FedExpress Says:

just as as epxected

this wta is a joke

FedExpress Says:

sad state of women tennis

hope mugu can save tennis

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