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French Open PHOTOS: Serena, Errani enter semis

Last updated on: June 4, 2013 20:19 IST

Serena extends winning streak

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Serena Williams extended her winning streak to 29 matches when she beat Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the quarter-finals to continue her run towards a second French Open title on Tuesday.

The world number one, who won her only Roland Garros title in 2002, came back from a break down in the decider and played some beautiful tennis to set up a semi-final meeting with Italian fifth seed Sara Errani.


Image: Serena Williams
Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Serena won five games in a row in the third set

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After strolling through the opening set, 15-times Grand Slam champion Williams came up against a streak of forehand winners from Kuznetsova, the 2009 French Open winner.

The American fell 2-0 behind in the third before winning five games in a row, wrapping up victory with a forehand volley after nearly two hours.


Image: Serena Williams
Photographs: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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Errani cuts down Radwanska to reach semis

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Sara Errani proved her run to last year's French Open final was no fluke as she toppled Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4, 7-6 (6) to reach the semi-finals on Tuesday.

In a scrappy match where the second set alone featured eight breaks of serve, it was the diminutive Italian who finally raised her arms in celebration after her opponent whipped a backhand into the tramlines.

Errani's prolific work ethic this year - her 81 matches is almost double that of anyone else in the top 10 - paid off as she flummoxed Radwanska with an array of ferocious forehands, delightful dropshots and luscious lobs.

The Italian fifth seed secured her first ever win over a top five player to book a semi-final date with either world number one Serena Williams or former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova.


Image: Sara Errani
Photographs: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

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