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Williams defies injury to reach semis

dpadpa 3/06/2016

Serena Williams has beaten Kiki Bertens 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 to reach the final of the French Open, despite suffering from an adductor injury.

Serena Williams has won a battle of the walking wounded as she beat limping Dutch opponent Kiki Bertens 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 to reach the final of the French Open.

In a match played in unfavourably cold conditions of 13 degrees Celsius and with only a quarter of the 15,000-capacity stadium full during the first set - the defending champion, who was carrying a reported adductor injury, managed to impose her game.

Bertens was suffering with a calf problem which could have prevented her from even taking to the court.

Williams will play a repeat of last summer's Wimbledon final on Saturday, taking on fourth seed Garbine Muguruza after the Spaniard defeated 2010 Paris finalist Samantha Stosur 6-2 6-4.

Williams' effort was patchy at best with the winner committing more than 30 unforced errors and taking four match points to advance in just under one and three quarter hours.

Bertens, ranked 58th in the world and playing at this level for the first time, broke to start the match and led through much of the opening set, but was overhauled by the 34-year-old Williams, who almost lost her 5-2 lead in the first-set tiebreaker.

Williams has been trying since last year to pull level on the 22 grand slam singles titles of Steffi Graf but has failed to win her last two majors in New York and Melbourne.

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