Serena Williams Defeats Errani to Move to French Open Semis

Women’s top seed Serena Williams had a trouble-free passage to the French Open semifinals with a straight-sets defeat of Sara Errani.

Williams of the U.S. beat the Italian, 6-1, 6-3 on the main Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros in Paris.

She’ll play Switzerland’s No. 23 seed Timea Bacsinszky, who beat Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck 6-4, 7-5. Williams, who won the Roland Garros title in 2002 and 2013, leads the Swiss 2-0.

The 33-year-old American has now won all eight matches she’s played against the 17th-seeded Errani, who won only one game in their 2013 French semifinals. Errani had been within two points of winning earlier this year on clay at the Fed Cup before Williams rallied back to win.

Williams, seeking her 20th major singles titles, had struggled all week, being pushed to three sets in the previous three rounds.

She regained her form today, firing off 39 winners including 10 aces and breaking serve five times.

(Updates with opponent in third paragraph.)
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