Serena Williams of the United States reacts during the Ladies Singles quarter final match against Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan on day twelve of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 2, 2016 in Paris, France.

Serena Williams of the United States reacts during the Ladies Singles quarter final match against Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan on day twelve of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 2, 2016 in Paris, France.

*Serena Williams dropped the first set, but fought like a pit bull to take the next two in her quarterfinals win at the French Open on Thursday.

Inching closer to a record-equaling 22nd Grand Slam title, the tennis star beat Yulia Putintseva 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 in a tough match riddled with all kinds of unforced errors.

”I kept missing. Just misfiring. Honestly, at one point I didn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said the defending champion. ”I guess I was not the most positive mentally, but obviously I didn’t want to stop.”

Serena Williams of the United States shakes hands with Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan following her victory during the Ladies Singles quarter final match on day twelve of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 2, 2016 in Paris, France.

Serena Williams of the United States shakes hands with Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan following her victory during the Ladies Singles quarter final match on day twelve of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 2, 2016 in Paris, France.

In the second set, on a cold and rain-soaked Court Philippe Chatrier, Serena came within 5 points of losing the match to 60th ranked Putintseva.

”I honestly didn’t think I was going to win that in the second set,” said Williams, who will face another unseeded opponent, 58th-ranked Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, in the semifinals. ”Somehow I did.”