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Serena Reaches French Open Semis

Posted: Jun 3, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Serena Williams kept alive her hopes of winning a 22nd Grand Slam title by fighting back from a set and a break down to defeat unheralded Yulia Putintseva in the French Open quarterfinals on Thursday.

The top seed and defending champion defeated the world number 60 from Kazakhstan 5-7, 6-4, 6-1.

She will play either eighth seed Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland or unseeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands for a place in Saturday’s final.

Williams is looking to equal Steffi Graf’s modern era record (since 1968) of 22 Grand Slam titles set in Paris in 1999.

Dutch outsider Kiki Bertens reached her first grand slam semifinal , beating eighth-seeded Swiss Timea Bacsinszky 7-5 6-2 with the help of a seven-game winning streak to set up a clash with world No 1 Serena Williams.

Novak Djokovic won the last three games after the briefest of rain delays and moved into the French Open semifinals for a record sixth consecutive year.

Eyeing his first title at Roland Garros to complete a career Grand Slam, the No. 1-seeded Djokovic beat No. 7 Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 on Thursday.

It is Djokovic’s 30th career major semifinal. Only Roger Federer, with 39, and Jimmy Connors, with 31, have participated in more in the Open era.

If Djokovic can win this French Open, it would give him four consecutive Grand Slam titles, something no man has done since Rod Laver won all four in 1969.

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