Serena and Muguruza to contest final

Serena Williams disposed of Kiki Bertens in straight sets and Garbine Muguruza defeated Australia's Samantha Stosur to make her first French Open final.

Garbine Muguruza reacts after her semi-final win over Samantha Stosur.   -  Reuters

Serena Williams will play Garbine Muguruza in the French Open final after the top seed and defending champion defeated Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 7-6 (9/7), 6-4 in Friday's semis. The 34-year-old American is aiming to win her 22nd Grand Slam title in Paris equalling the Open-era record set in Paris 17 years ago by Steffi Graf.

Muguruza defeated Australia's Samantha Stosur 6-2, 6-4 in the other semi-final to reach the championship match in Paris for the first time.

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First final

Fourth seed Garbine Muguruza became the first Spanish woman in 16 years to reach the French Open final with a 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Australian veteran Samantha Stosur on Friday.

Muguruza, 22, will face either defending champion and world number one Serena Williiams, who beat her in last year's Wimbledon final, or unseeded Kiki Bertens in Saturday's title match.

Conchita Martinez was the last Spaniard to get to the Roland Garros final in 2000 when she lost to Mary Pierce while Arantxa Sanchez Vicario was the country's last champion in 1998.

"Emotions can sometimes be bad when you make a final," said Muguruza who will be playjng in just her second Slam final in Saturday. Sometimes you just have to stay calm, prepare youself as best you can and play with no regrets."

With the Suzanne Lenglen court barely half-full, Muguruza shrugged off the ghostly atmosphere as well as the bone-jarring 13 degrees to race into a 4-0 lead.

Quick first set

The Australian, 10 years older and the 2010 runner-up, won just six points in that early blitz before she got on the board with a service hold in the fifth game. But the 6ft (1.82m) Venezuelan-born Muguruza continued to dominate, sweeping the first set in 32 minutes.

There were was no let-up in the second set as the 22-year-old Spaniard broke for 1-0 and held a love service game to go to 2-0. Stosur rallied for a break back, but Muguruza retrieved it immediately for 3-2 on the back of unrelenting, deep and flat hitting.

Muguruza, a quarter-finalist in the last two years, carved out a fifth break of the match for 5-2 after a sixth double-fault by Stosur.

The fourth seed stumbled when she served for the match, allowing her opponent to cut the deficit to 4-5 but was rock-solid at the second attempt. She claimed victory on a first match point when Stosur fired a service return into the net.

Muguruza lost the first set of her openig round in Paris to Slovakia's Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

But since then, she has been untroubled, winning all of her matches in straight sets, including seeing off 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round.

For Stosur, playing in a first semi-final at the majors since 2012, it was a match too far having seen off fellow former runners-up Simona Halep and Lucie Safarova earlier in the tournament. But she is likely to have the consolation of a return to the world's top 15 next week.

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