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 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.