French Open 2013: Serena Williams delighted to reach semi-finals

French Open 2013: Serena Williams could not hide her delight after beating Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets in Paris

serena williams
Serena Williams will face Sara Errani in the last four Photo: Marianne Bevis

Serena Williams could not hide her delight after booking her place in the French Open semi-finals with a battling 6-1 3-6 6-3 win over Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Top seed Williams won the first set with ease before being pushed all the way by former champion Kuznetsova.

And Williams, who will face Sara Errani for a place in the final, admitted she was nervous heading into the last-eight match in Paris.

“I’m very happy to have won this quarter-final because the whole night I was afraid of my quarter-final match,” said Williams.

“It was a very tough match today, but it’s good for me because, I don’t know, but it’s very good. I am exhausted.”

“I was definitely there to win it so afterwards I was really excited to be able to win such a tough match.”

Williams conceded that she was taken by surprise as Kuznetsova stepped her game up in the second set.

“She started playing better and I didn’t get ready for that,” she continued. “Even though she was up 5-1 or 5-2 in the second it could have been 3-3 or something. I made some key errors so I was just thinking about trying to make more shots.”

Italian Errani booked her place in the last four courtesy of a 6-4 7-6 (8-6) victory over Agnieszka Radwanksa.

Mikel Arteta
Arsenal told to pay £23m for England and Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale - report
Kieran Trippier speaks at England media conference (Photo: Sky Sports / Screen grab)
'He has his heart set on a move': Reporter claims Kieran Trippier wants Man United switch
Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea FC consider swoop for Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic - report
Jurgen Klopp
Journalist: Liverpool FC have been scouting Donyell Malen for many months
Romelu Lukaku
Steve Nicol warns Chelsea FC about move to sign Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku
Mikel Arteta
Arsenal told to pay £23m for England and Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale - report
Kieran Trippier speaks at England media conference (Photo: Sky Sports / Screen grab)
'He has his heart set on a move': Reporter claims Kieran Trippier wants Man United switch
Thomas Tuchel
Chelsea FC consider swoop for Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic - report
Jurgen Klopp
Journalist: Liverpool FC have been scouting Donyell Malen for many months
Romelu Lukaku
Steve Nicol warns Chelsea FC about move to sign Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature
Top 50 Muslim footballers: Arsenal, Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC and Man United stars feature