The 2013 French Open women's singles final is set, with No. 2 Maria Sharapova to take on No. 1 Serena Williams this Saturday. Both players won semifinal bouts Thursday, though Williams advanced in much more convincing fashion.
Williams stormed through No. 5 Sara Errani, a finalist at last year's French Open, in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1. The bout lasted less than an hour, as Williams scored on 85 percent of her serves with five aces. Errani did not have a single break-point opportunity, while Williams broke on five of her seven chances. Williams has dropped just one set in her run to the final.
Sharapova was anything but dominant against No. 3 Victoria Azarenka. Sharapova may have won the French Open last year, but she has never shied from her bitter feelings toward clay courts. On Thursday, she committed 39 unforced errors, including 11 double faults, yet somehow pulled out a 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 victory. Azarenka had seemingly seized momentum in the second set, and it may have been good fortune for Sharapova that rain caused a 30-minute delay in the match. In the third set, Sharapova was broken at 5-2 in a contentious 14-minute game, and Azarenka served to take the set to 5-4. Sharapova held on, however, and won the match on an ace down the center line.
Given how dominant Williams has looked, and how shaky Sharapova has been at times, Williams will likely be the favorite when the two meet Saturday.