Serena Williams emerged victorious after a difficult semifinal encounter with Kiki Bertens, saving set points to win, 7-6(7), 6-4, and reach her fourth french open final.
Bertens injured her left lower leg in her stunning quarterfinal win over No.8 seed timea Bacsinszky, but acquitted herself well from the start against Serena, who endured a tricky win against Yulia putintseva less than 24 hours before.
"I think she obviously has a lot more confidence," Serena told journalists when asked about Bertens' improvements since their last meeting. "She's had a couple big wins in this tournament. Being in the semifinals of a Grand Slam and having nothing to lose just really makes a big difference."