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Serena Williams Overcomes Illness to Reach French Open Final


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.





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Alastair Cavenagh Ready to Conquer Voi Rally Terrain


Two-time Kenya National Rally champion Alastair Cavenagh says he is ready to wrestle other top drivers in the fourth round of the championships set for Voi this Saturday.

Cavenagh and his navigator, Gavin Laurence, in their Proton Neo Satria S2000 have one of the four highly rated S2000cars that will feature in Voi.

Carl ‘Flash’ Tundo in a Proton, Quentin Mitchell’s left-hand drive Skoda Fabia and Nikhil Sachania’s custom-made hand-controlled Fiat Abarth Grande Punto are others who will be driving in S2000s.

Cavenagh who didn’t finish a single rally last season, is upbeat he will lead his Proton to a podium finish after rebuilding the gear box while resting his Porsche that he wants to enter at the East Africa Safari Classic Rally.

“The Protons have been unreliable and disappointing since we acquired them last year. I had hoped with a new engine, the problems of reliability would have been resolved but this has not been the case,” he observed.

“I have no option but to stick with the car for this year and try to make it reliable. The gearbox has been rebuilt and it is high time that the car prove critics wrong. The Porsche is currently being stripped and rebuilt and I will do one more rally in it in preparation for the East Africa Safari Classic,” Cavenagh said.