World No. 1, Serena Williams, battled through illness and had to fight back from losing the first set as she beat Swiss Timea Bacsinszky to reach the French Open final.
The American lost the first set 4-6 but rallied back to win the second set 6-3 and the decider 6-0 to set up a final clash against Lucie Safarova on Saturday.
Williams, 33, coughed throughout her semifinal clash with the 23rd seeded Timea as temperatures soared to sweltering levels in Paris. The win took her a step closer to winning her third Roland Garos (2002, 2013) and 20th Grand Slam singles title.
"I have been feeling unwell for a few days, and after this tough match against Timea, I needed to see the tournament doctor," Williams said in a statement having cancelled her post-match press conference.
"I don't think I've ever been this sick. I didn't expect to win that, I really didn't," she added.
Steffi Graf Record
It was the fourth time in the tournament that Williams had recovered from losing the first set, beating her previous grand slam record of three. Bacsinszky however fought hard, showing no signs of the fact that it was her first appearance in a grand slam semi final which she eventually lost after a grueling one hour 54 minutes of play.
Williams will face 13th seed Safarova who in beating Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic 7-5 7-5, became the first Czech woman to reach the French Open final in 34 years. Safarova knocked out defending champions Maria Sharapova in the fourth round.
Victory for Williams in the Saturday final, her 24th major final, will move her just two Grand Slam titles behind Steffi Graf’s record of 22 during the Open era.