As Maria Sharapova celebrated her return to the French Open final, she let loose one last scream — this one a happy holler.
Serena Williams won more quietly and quickly, and she'll play Sharapova for the title Saturday.
Defending champion Sharapova overcame 11 double-faults and won a semifinal shriekfest against Victoria Azarenka, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4. Williams then advanced to her first French Open final since 2002 by dispatching of Sara Errani with 46 minutes of astounding power and precision, 6-0, 6-1.
Sharapova beat Errani in the final last year to complete a career Grand Slam, but she faces a tougher test this time. She's 2-13 against Williams, who has been on a mission after more than a decade of disappointment in Paris.
The top-ranked Williams, a 15-time Grand Slam champion, won her only Roland Garros title 11 years ago by beating her sister Venus in the final.
While Williams easily won her semifinal, Sharapova advanced past Azarenka with a clamor. The two most notorious grunters in tennis wailed on nearly every swing, matching pitch and volume as they swapped powerful shots from the baseline.
Sharapova improved her record at Roland Garros to 43-9, best among active women. That includes victories in her past 13 French Open matches. Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion, was playing in her first Roland Garros semifinal.
In the men's semifinals today, seven-time champion Rafael Nadal plays No. 1 Novak Djokovic for the 35th time, and Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga faces Spaniard David Ferrer.