Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams are geared up to meet in the French Open women’s singles final on Saturday after both came through their semi-finals.
However, there was a stark difference in the manner of their respective victories.
World number one Williams was in imperious form as she dismissed last year’s beaten finalist Sara Errani in just 46 minutes.
The American, looking to win her second Roland Garros title, made mincemeat of the Italian number five seed’s serve and looked steamed through the first nine games of the match to go on to a 6-0 6-1 victory.
Sharapova did not have quite so easy a ride as she was forced to come back from a first set hiding at the hands of Victoria Azarenka.
The Belarussian took advantage of some erratic serving to take the first set 6-1 but defending champion found her range eventually and was returning with some vicious ground strokes.
Sharapova secured a spot in the final by running out 1-6 6-2 6-4 winner, though she will have to vastly improve her serving against Williams.
The chances of Sharapova retaining her title look slim such is the form of the American.
The pair met just last month in the final of the Madrid Open and Williams was dominant in the 6-1 6-4 victory.
Sharapova will have to do what she hasn’t done since 2004 if she is going to defend the title she won last year.
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