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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Road to the final - Serena Williams

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Serena screams

1st round: Stuttering Serena passes first test
Serena Williams d. Neuza Silva (POR) 6-1, 7-5.
Serena came through a much tougher match than she expected against qualifier Silva – lasting one hour 14 minutes on Centre Court.

2nd round Serena sweeps into third round
Serena Williams d. Jarmila Groth (AUS) 6-2, 6-1.
An easy win for Serena, putting her slow start in the 1st round behind her, as she gets the better of her Australian opponent dropping just three games along the way.
Serena sees the bigger picture

3rd round: Serena storms into fourth round
Serena Williams d. Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-3, 6-4.
A couple of minor faults in Serena’s performance but she was overall in control against her Italian opponent.
Serena pays tribute after Jackson death

4th round: Serena scorches through
Serena Williams d. Daniela Hantuchova (SVK), 6-3, 6-1.
Serena’s best performance yet as she shows her full array of shots with a business-like display against her Slovakian opponent at a hot Wimbledon.
Serena vows to step up a gear

Quarter-final: Serena gains crushing revenge
Serena Williams d. Victoria Azarenka (BLR) (8), 6-2, 6-3.
Serena in complete control again, bar a stumble at the start of the second set. She really showed her complete power in this match, dominating her opponent.
I was out for revenge, says Serena

Semi-final: Serena battles to win classic semi
Serena Williams d. Elena Dementieva (RUS) (4), 6-7, 7-5, 8-6.
Her first real test – and she is lucky to come through. Serena saved one match point on the way to willing a thriller in the final set.
Serena forced into titanic scrap
Serena takes epic in her stride

No 3. Seed Venus Williams has not dropped a single set on her road to the final.

1st Round: Venus off to a flyer
Venus Williams d. Stefanie Voegele (SUI) 6-3, 6-2
A good work-out with a hot sun on her back would have been exactly what Venus was looking for as she embarked on the pursuit of her sixth Wimbledon victory in the past 10 years, and that was what the sturdy Voegele, aged 19, provided.
Champion Venus playing it cool

2nd Round: Venus power batters Bondarenko
Venus Williams d. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) 6-3, 6-2
The older Williams sibling was completely untroubled by the younger Bondarenko sister, winning 6-3, 6-2 in a straightforward display of power tennis lasting just 59 minutes. It was her 16th successive match win at Wimbledon. Feature:
Venus gives press the runaround

3rd Round Venus power batters Bondarenko
Venus William d. Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 6-0, 6-4
Williams was untouchable on serve, conceding just two points, while each of Suarez Navarro's service games was a long deuce affair, especially the opening game, which went on for five minutes. Clearly, Venus was tiring of all this when, at set point, she settled it with an ace.

4th Round:
Ivanovic injury sends Venus through
Venus Williams d. Ana Ivanovic (SRB) (13), 6-1, 0-1, retired
The 12th seed was all but blasted off No.1 Court in the first set by the tournament favourite and defending champion Venus Williams in their fourth round match. Feature:
Venus sympathy over Ivanovic injury

Quarter-final:Venus too hot for Radwanska
Venus Williams d. Agnieszka Radwanska (1), 6-1, 6-2
Another stroll in the Wimbledon sunshine carried Venus Williams past opposition that varied between the overawed and the inadequate and into the semi-finals of the 2009 Championships. The latest victim was Agnieszka Radwanska, the 20-year-old Pole seeded 11th, who managed to retrieve three games from the carnage as Venus won 6-1, 6-2 in 68 minutes.
Venus has eye on Final

Semi-final: Venus destroys Safina in 51 minutes
Venus Williams d. Dinara Safina (1) (RUS) 6-1, 6-0.
29-year-old Williams won the opening nine points of the match without reply, the last being a serve of 124mph to match the fastest serve of the tournament so far – which naturally belonged to her in any case. Feature:

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