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The expectations are so high for Serena that anything less than total domination can get tennis fans wondering if something is wrong. She won her first six matches, but it wasn't always smooth. But that’s often been Serena’s pattern over the years. Survive a tricky scare or two and then roll her rivals in the final weekend.
After posting two easy victories, losing only five of the 29 games, Serena had to outlast No. 26 seed Kristina Mladenovic with a 12-10 second-set tiebreaker. But just as Serena looked vulnerable, she destroyed a fine young player in Elina Svitolina who had extended her to three tough sets in the Australian Open. This time she fed Svitolina a pair of breadsticks.
The quarterfinals proved to be her biggest test of wills. Serena lost the first set to Yulia Putintseva and was floundering against high, looping shots, which often turned into unforced errors. She was dangerously close to losing the second set, but she regained her toughness and fought her way out of her malaise. Thereafter, she cruised to victory.
The semifinal match was more of the same in the first set. Serena used a lot of drop shots to take advantage of Kiki Berten’s injured left calf, but she also had a hard time establishing her rhythm. She won the tiebreaker and the match, but coach Patrick Mouratoglou warned that “if (she) plays like this, she's not going to win. So I don't expect her to play that level tomorrow (in the final),” per ESPN.com.
The good news is that Serena has continued to do what she does best: win. She is the favorite, but she will need to play her best match in the final.
Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2644100-french-open-2016-womens-finals-williams-vs-muguruza-preview-predictions373