Serena Williams vs. Sara Errani: Previewing US Open Semis Clash

Pete SchauerCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 05:  Serena Williams of the United States reacts during her women's singles quarterfinal match against Ana Ivanovic of Serbia on Day Ten of the 2012 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 5, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)
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Serena Williams is seeking a place in the finals of what will be the last Grand Slam of the year in a match against Italian Sara Errani on Friday.

The No. 4 seeded Williams cruised to victory in straight sets against Ana Ivanovic on Thursday. Williams has been overpowering all of her opponents of late and is only focused on improving, telling ESPN, "I feel like I'm going to get more focused and serious and start playing 'Serena tennis.'" 

That news doesn't bode well for Errani, who became the first Italian to reach the semifinals of the U.S. Open.

Ranked at No. 10 in the world, Errani has been superb in 2012, making a name for herself in events like the Australian Open, the Abierto Monterrey Open, the Barcelona Ladies Open, the Budapest Grand Prix, the French Open and more.

Here's some more information on the match.

Where: Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing Meadows, New York

When: Friday, 12:00 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

Prediction

Errani is somewhat of an unorthodox player, sporting a slow serve but a quick counter that befuddles her opponents, but she's not going to knock Serena Williams off of her game.

Williams has been on an absolute tear of late, winning five titles this year, including completing a career Golden Slam, which proved that she is the best women's tennis player in the game right now. 

She's won in straight sets against every opponent she's faced so far in the tournament and hasn't shown any indication of slowing down today.

These two have a history, with Williams owning a clean sheet against Errani in three matches.

Williams wins in straight sets against Errani today.

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