Top seed Serena Williams brushed aside Maria Sharapova for the 17th consecutive time after winning 6-2 6-4 in the women’s singles semi-final on center court. Her opponent for Saturday’s final will be Garbiñe Muguruza who will be playing her first ever grand slam final.
Serena was at her best throughout the match, taking the game to the Russian, with 13 aces along with the 68 already collected this far, and 29 winners to Sharapova’s nine. Serena now has the chance to complete a ‘Serena Slam’ for the second time in her career after holding all four grand slam titles.
“I’m so excited. I got a bit nervous because it was a semi-final and it’s a long time since I’ve been this far.” Serena told BBC sport after reaching her 25th Grand slam final.
Spanish delight, Muguruza meanwhile broke sweat to beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 3-6 6-3 in the first semi-final. Mugurunza dominated the game for a set and a half, until Radwanska clawed back to make it an entertaining semi-final.
“I don’t have words to explain it,” Muguruza told BBC Sport.
Interestingly Muguruza beat Serena Williams at the French Open last year, but it will take tremendous effort for the Spaniard to stop the American who is looking to win her sixth Wimbeldon and 21st Grand Slam title.
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London: Roger Federer fought back to make it a step closer to what will be his 8th Wimbledon title as he came back to inflict a stunning victory over fellow countryman Stan Wawrinka 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-4. The 4th seeded Federer had last tasted glory here back in 2012, also his last Grand Slam. However, home favourite Andy Murray on the other hand fell to a shock defeat to Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov in his run to defend his title as he lost out 1-6, 6-7, 2-6.
Dimitrov will have to fight world no.2 Novak Djokovic who too had a hard time to set his foot in the semis; Cilic leading two sets to one before the Serbian pulled back the last two in a dominating fashion. The scoreline read 6-1, 3-6, 6-7, 6-2, 6-2. Nadal-slayer Nick Kyrgios’ dream run came to an end as Milos Raonic pulled back from a set down to win it 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 with the Canadian firing 39 aces to seal the tie.
Quite contrary to the men top seeds were the case for women that have only Simona Halep among the top 5 seeds remaining in the tournament. Serena Williams and Li Na had both failed to make it even to the 4th round that saw the shock defeat of Maria Sharapova in the hands of Samantha Murray; another wild card entry from Britain. The home favourite lost just a single game to register a 6-1, 6-0 victory against the former Wimbledon champion. Halep now faces Eugenie Bouchard to seek a place in the finals while Lucie Safarova faces Petra Kvitova in the other, an all Czecch semi-final.
It’s been a mixed story for the Indians at this edition of Wimbledon as old horse Leander Paes along with Radek Stepanek brushed past a gritty challenge from Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau winning 6-4 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 7-5 to set up a quarter-final date with D. Nestor and N. Zimonjic. Leander’s fortunes with Cara Black in the mixed doubles section however wasn’t that good as though leading by a set, the Indo-Zimbabwe pair fell to the American pair of Eric Butorac and Timea Babos 6-1, 2-6, 3-6.
Dominating their presence in the first game, Sania Mirza and Cara Black failed to hold up to their initial success as they crashed out in the 2nd round to the unseeded Russian and Czech pair of Anastasia and Lucie Safarova 6-2, 6-7(7), 4-6. Pairing with Romanian Horia Tecau however, Sania Mirza won in straight sets 6-3 6-3 against a weak challenge put up by Mate Pavic of Crotia and Serbian BojanaJovanovski in their opening match. The Indo-Romanian pair is seeded 6th.
Eighth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Pakistan’s Aisamul Haq Qureshi bowed down 7-6, 6-7, 3-6, 5-7 against Canadian-American pair VasekPospisil and Jack Sock after play resumed after initially suspended for bad weather. Seeded 7th in the mixed doubles section, Bopanna partnering Czech Andrea Hlavackova put up a spirited performance as they saved all three break points to advance defeating local pair Colin Fleming and Jocelyn Rae in straight sets to win 6-4, 7-5.
Somdev Devvarman earlier fell to yet another 1st round defeat, his 10th in the last 13th tournaments to bow out 6-4 3-6 3-6 6-3 3-6 to 15th seed Jerzy Janowicz.