Serena Williams of United States of America celebrates a point during her Women's Singles Quarter-Final match against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia on day ten of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 4, 2013 in Paris, France

Serena Williams of United States of America celebrates a point during her Women’s Singles Quarter-Final match against Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia on day ten of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 4, 2013 in Paris, France

*Serena Williams appeared to be on her way to an easy 29th consecutive victory Tuesday at the French Open. But her opponent would not go down without a fight.

After taking the first set 6-2, Williams lost eight of 11 games in the middle of the match before finally turning it on again to defeat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 3-6, 6-3. The win puts her in the semifinals at Roland Garros for the first time since 2003.

After sweeping through the first set, Williams was broken twice early in the second set, then broken again to start the third set. She managed to gather herself in the third set, including a service hold early, and then regain control of the match.

After falling behind 0-2 in deciding set, Williams won five consecutive games to get to 5-2. Kuznetsova then stopped the streak, but Williams served it out.

Serena Williams of United States of America shakes hands at the net with Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia after their Women's Singles Quarter-Final match against on day ten of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 4, 2013 in Paris, France

Serena Williams of United States of America shakes hands at the net with Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia after their Women’s Singles Quarter-Final match against on day ten of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 4, 2013 in Paris, France

Williams remains unbeaten on clay this year, and she is on a career-best 29-match winning streak.

Williams will next face No. 5 seed Sara Errani of Italy, who lost in the final to Maria Sharapova a year ago.