Williams and Sharapova Set for French Open Finals

  • The Arena
  • Dante A. Ciampaglia
  • June 7, 2013, 10:07 AM

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Right now, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are battling in a four-plus-hour instant-classic semi-final match at the French Open. While they duel for the right to play in the men's singles final, the women's side is set: Defending champ Maria Sharapova faces 2002 French Open winner and number-one-ranked Serena Williams on Saturday morning.

Williams has dominated her opponents in this French Open. In the first four rounds, she only lost 10 games and didn't lose a set until her quarterfinal match against Svetlana Kuznetsova. Sharapova cruised through her first four rounds, but hit some resistance in the quarters. She even flirted with defeat in her semifinal match against Victoria Azarenka. But Sharapova found her championship gear and pulled out the win.

This isn't the first time Williams and Sharapova have met in a Grand Slam final. In 2004, the two played for the Wimbeldon title, with Sharapova defeating Williams in two sets. They clashed again in the 2007 Australian Open final, with Williams defeating Sharapova in two sets.

Top-ranked Williams. Defending champ Sharapova. Saturday's final could be epic. Who do you like to walk away with the 2013 French Open title?

Photos: (left) Kenzo Tribouillard/AFP/Getty Images, (right) Petr David Jose/AP

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