Defending champion Maria Sharapova overcame 11 double faults and earned a return trip to the French Open final with a noisy victory over Victoria Azarenka, 6-1, 2-6, 6-4 on Thursday.
Sharapova's opponent on Saturday will be either No. 1 Serena Williams or Sara Errani. Sharapova beat Errani in the final last year to complete a career Grand Slam.
The two most notorious grunters in tennis shrieked with nearly every swing, matching pitch and volume, while their shots were much less consistent. Sharapova hit 12 aces but was erratic with her second serve, and her groundstrokes were also unpredictable.
She needed five match points to seal the victory. Serving for the match for the second time, she held at love, finishing with an ace.