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Serena overpowers Azarenka

2012-07-05 17:25

Wimbledon - Four-time champion Serena Williams buried Victoria Azarenka under a record firestorm of 24 aces to reach her seventh Wimbledon final on Thursday.

The 30-year-old American claimed a 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) semi-final win and will on Saturday tackle third seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, the first Pole in a Grand Slam final in 73 years, aiming to claim her 14th major.

As well as a record 24 aces, beating her own best of 23 set against Zheng Jie in the third round, Williams also fired a whopping 45 winners.

Williams will start as the hot favourite on Saturday having beaten Polish world number three Radwanska in their two meetings without dropping a set, including the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2008 where the American lost just four games.

Williams played two doubles matches on Wednesday with sister Venus, but showed no signs of fatigue against Azarenka, taking the first set courtesy of eight aces and 20 winners, while allowing her opponent just four points on the American's serve.

That was the first set dropped by the 22-year-old Belarusian at the tournament.

Buoyed by a 7-1 winning record against the Australian Open champion, who could have retaken the world number one spot had she won, Williams broke for a 2-1 lead in the second set, secured with a sweeping forehand service return.

Azarenka hit back to level at 3-3 and then saved a match point in the tiebreak.

But the record 24th ace, blitzed right down the middle, gave Williams a deserved win.

AFP

Comments
  • lentlareane.kannete - 2012-07-05 17:30

    Congrats Serena, you have managed to silence your critics and once again haters go f**k yourself, Serena rules in Wimbledon the sooner you accept the better for your heart attack.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-05 17:52

      Must admit i HATE her and that is put very lightly. Congrats on the win. Must say these commentators are so far up her arsh. If you hit her in the stomach you give them a bloody nose... Now all she have to do is to loose in the Final and every-one will be happy....

      lara.vanrooyen.1 - 2012-07-05 18:18

      Sounds like you are the one heading for a heart attack. She's an old cow and I hope she loses.

      piet.wagamashika - 2012-07-05 18:21

      serena ke bosso she is amazing i didnt think she stil has it after so many injuries she had.

      millionwatts1 - 2012-07-05 18:41

      Serena and Venus have owned Wimbledon(the holy grail of Tennis) since the year 2000. Have a look at the past winners list.

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-07-05 18:46

    Nice effort fro Azarenka in 2nd set, but Serena was just too good as always at Wimbledon. Its her title again this year

  • landi.coetzee.5 - 2012-07-05 18:48

    i dont want 2 b rude, but i hope all those serena williams haters realised now how good she still is!she might b not 100% at her best, but she still got it!! Congrats Serena, well played!! :)

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