The 2013 French Open rolls on Saturday from Roland Garros, where the two best female tennis players on the planet in Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova will go head-to-head for the women's championship.
Williams is the overwhelming favorite to win her second career French Open title, but she won't be the only favored American taking to Court Philippe Chatrier on Day 14.
The successful doubles team of Bob and Mike Bryan will play in the men's doubles final on Saturday, looking to add another Grand Slam title to their decorated trophy case.
Here we'll get you set for Day 14 at the 2013 French Open.
Where: Court Philippe Chatrier, Roland Garros, Paris, France
When: Saturday, June 8 at 9 a.m. ET
Live Stream: NBC Sports Live Extra
French Open Day 14 Schedule
|Women's Final||Serena Williams (1) vs. Maria Sharapova (2)||9 a.m.|
|Men's Doubles Final||Bob Bryan/Mike Bryan (1) vs. Michael Llodra/Nicolas Mahut||11 a.m.|
*Schedule information via RolandGarros.com.
Serena Williams Set to Continue Streak Against Maria Sharapova
Women's top overall seed Serena Williams has dominated Maria Sharapova over the years, winning the last dozen meetings between the two stars dating back to the start of 2005.
The defending French Open champion, Sharapova took two of the first three matches between the superstars, but has since been helpless against the 15-time Grand Slam champion. Not only has Williams owned the head-to-head rivalry, but she's dropped just three sets against Sharapova over the past eight years.
Coming into Saturday's final, Williams has dropped just one set in six French Open matches this summer. And in the semis, the 2002 French Open winner looked outright unbeatable, taking out 2012 runner-up Sara Errani in straight sets, dropping just one game and recording 40 winners to Errani's two in a contest that lasted just 46 minutes (via ESPN Tennis):
2013 French Open -- Serena Williams looks better than ever heading into final against Maria Sharapova http://t.co/PT5lpYIab5— ESPNTennis (@ESPNTennis) June 7, 2013
Meanwhile, Sharapova is coming off a three-set battle with Victoria Azarenka. She has never won twice at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments.
All signs point to Williams cruising in straight sets yet again on Saturday. She's moving as well as she ever has on clay, plus her power and strength are unrivaled. That said, look for the world No. 1 to wear down Sharapova on Saturday, extending her winning streak against the Russian star and claiming her 16th career Grand Slam in the process.
Bryan Brothers Will Claim Second French Open Doubles Title
The 13-time Grand Slam-winning men's doubles team of twins Bob and Mike Bryan looks poised to snag its 14th major title on Saturday at Roland Garros.
The two American brothers will battle the French duo of Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut in the final on Court Philippe Chatrier, but will of course be heavy favorites considering that Mahut had never reached a doubles Slam final before this summer.
Surprisingly, it's been 10 years since the Bryan brothers won the French Open crown. They've been runners-up three times since then, including in 2012.
Which is the bigger lock on Saturday?
Look for their drought on the red clay of Paris to end this weekend, though. The Bryan brothers haven't dropped a single set yet at this tournament and looked awfully strong in their quarterfinal and semifinal wins earlier this week.
In the semis, the Bryans wiped out the seventh-seeded team of Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares in just over an hour, winning 66 percent of their service points and 45 percent of their receiving points.
Llodra and Mahut are coming in hot and under the radar, but the tandem of Bob and Mike Bryan is the top-seeded unit for a reason. The Americans should win this matchup on Saturday, giving them their third straight Slam title dating back to the 2012 U.S. Open.
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