The match of the day belonged to Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, who went the distance in their semifinal match on Thursday at the French Open, but it's Serena Williams who is simply playing the best matches of this entire tournament.
Serena, who has only won one French Open in her career, way back in 2002, is playing a level of tennis right now that not only is dominating opponents, but almost looks boring to be a part of because it's so perfect. Williams beat Sara Errani 6-0, 6-1 in her semifinal match, advancing to her first finals since '02 and it looks like it will take a miracle for Sharapova to even make this finals go three sets, let alone win.
Serena leads 13-2 head-to-head against Sharapova and is coming off a match that took just 46 minutes and saw Williams hit 40 winners to just 12 unforced errors. Serena won 82 percent of her first serves and 88 percent of her second serves and was so dominating that it didn't even look like after her match that she had broke a sweat on Chatrier.
Sharapova will come out on Saturday with a game plan, but I'm not sure there is something that would work against Serena considering how she's hitting the ball right now.
It has been a dominating tournament for Williams, who has dropped just one set in her six matches, and it looks like she will be adding Grand Slam title number 16 to her resume in just a couple of days.
The much anticipated semifinals match between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal kicks off on Friday at 1 PM Paris time, 7 AM ET. Nadal leads 19-15 over their career, but Djokovic did take down Nadal on clay in the finals of the Monte Carlo event earlier this year.
After those two play, David Ferrer will get Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second of the semifinal matches.
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