Serena to face Larsson in Bastad final

11:44 AM, Jul 20, 2013   |    comments
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Bastad, Sweden (Sports Network) - Serena Williams defeated Klara Zakopalova in the semifinals of the Swedish Open on Saturday for her 50th WTA main draw match win of the year.

The top-seeded Williams beat Zakopalova, the No. 3 seed, by a 6-0, 6-4 margin to improve to 27-0 on clay this year and 50-3 overall in 2013.

The American star is also coming off a stunning fourth-round loss at Wimbledon. She has won six tournaments in 2013, including the French Open, and is playing this event for the first time.

Next up for Williams is No. 8 seed Johanna Larsson of Sweden, who rallied past Italian Flavia Pennetta 2-6, 6-3, 6-4.

Williams has 52 WTA titles, while Larsson is aiming for her first. Larsson was the 2011 Bastad runner-up and was also a finalist in Portoroz three years ago.

This year's Bastad titlist will claim $40,000.

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