• French Open, Day 12

Serena storms into French Open final

ESPN staff
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Serena Williams brushed aside Sara Errani to set up an encounter with Maria Sharapova in the final of the French Open.

The world No. 1 was hardly tested in a match which proved to be a mauling as the American won 6-0 6-1 to reach Saturday's final, where she will face champion Sharapova after the Russian edged out Victoria Azarenka in a thrilling tussle in the other semi-final.

Heading into the last-four encounter, Errani had lost all five career meetings to Williams and only clinched one set.

The Italian was on a high after recording her first victory over a top-five player in the shape of Agnieszka Radwanska in the quarter-finals, but Williams was on a completely different level and strolled into a 20th grand slam final - hitting an incredible 40 winners compared to Errani's two.

Errani's task was going to be tough right from the off, but after losing the opening game to love the world No. 5 showed encouraging signs that she was going to push Williams in the match.

She fended off one break point but was unable to do so on the second as Williams put her foot on the gas, and suddenly the floodgates began to open.

Williams only dropped three points in the following three games to race to the opening set in 21 minutes, and the alarm bells were beginning to ring for her opponent as the tie could be over very quickly if it continued in the same pattern.

En route to taking the first three games of the second set, Williams had clocked up 22 of the last 24 points, but after enduring one whitewash Errani ensured she would not be hit by a double one as she clinched the fourth game.

A huge roar circulated Court Philipp Chatrier - with Errani raising her arms in the air in delight - but Williams reasserted her authority with a fourth service game held to love to restore the three-game advantage.

With Errani not getting anywhere near the Williams serve, Williams secured another break, before sealing the victory in 46 minutes with an ace out wide to make it a 30th consecutive win.

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