PARIS: Serena Williams moved one victory from her second consecutive French Open trophy and 22nd Grand Slam title overall, beating Kiki Bertens 7-6 (7), 6-4 in the semifinals Friday.
For the second match in a row, the No. 1-seeded Williams was hardly at her best, falling behind early and making 22 unforced errors in the first set alone. Williams needed to erase two set points from the 58th-ranked Bertens in the opener, but managed to get through it.
With a victory in the final, Williams would capture her third victory in four years at Roland Garros.
Williams will meet Garbine Muguruza in the French Open final.
Muguruza is into her first French Open final after beating Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-4.
The fourth-seeded Spaniard beat Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-4.
Muguruza, who was also a finalist at Wimbledon in 2015, served two aces to bring up match point and won in one hour, 16 minutes.