Serena Williams and Sara Errani meet Wednesday in the quarterfinal of the 2015 French Open.
Serena Williams has played 11 sets in this tournament and is coming off a three-set win over Sloane Stephens. Serena has played 28 or less games in three of her four matches and zero tiebreaks. Serena has won at least 63 percent of her first serve points and has hit 66 winners in her last two matches. Serena has gotten at least 57 percent of her first serves in play and has 17 aces in her last two matches. The one thing Serena could improve on is the fact she has 18 double faults in her last three matches. Serena is also coming off a match in which she had 43 unforced errors. Serena looks for her first French Open semifinal since 2013, and she’s reached at least the semifinal in four of her last eight majors.
Sara Errani has played 10 sets in this tournament and is coming off a straight set win over Julia Goerges. Errani has played no more than 27 games in a single match and has just one tie break. Errani has just 15 unforced errors in her last two matches and is winning despite hitting just 19 winners during that time. Errani is playing a clean game and forcing her opponent to make a mistake. Errani has yet to hit an ace this tournament. Errani must do a better job with her first serve, as she’s won 59 or less percent of her first serve points in two of her four matches. Errani looks for her fourth career major semifinal, as two of them have come at the French Open.
These two have played each other eight times in the past, and Serena has won all eight of those meetings. Five of those matches have taken place on clay, and their most recent encounter was at this year’s Fed Cup. Errani has managed to win two sets against Serena during these matches.
Errani isn’t a pushover considering her best major success has come at the French Open, but Serena is simply on a different level and will continue to overpower her. Look for Serena Williams to win this match once again.