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Serena Records 17th Straight Win Over Sharapoava

Posted: Jul 10, 2015 at 2:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Sharapova had not beaten Serena Williams since 2004, the year of her Wimbledon triumph over the American, and she was unable to prevent a 17th straight defeat on Thursday.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams


The world number one brushed aside the fourth seed 6-2, 6-4 to set up a Wimbledon final against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, who beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 3-6 6-3 in the first semi-final.

Williams could win a sixth Wimbledon and 21st major title on Saturday, when she can also complete a ‘Serena Slam’ by holding all four Grand Slam titles.

The Russian knew she had to defend her vulnerable serve better but successive double faults handed over the opening game, to groans around Centre Court.

Williams was not in the mood to offer her long-time rival any gifts and almost broke again in game three, Sharapova saving herself with an ace out wide.

A forehand into the corner earned the double break two games later and the set was wrapped up after 33 minutes, with Sharapova unable to profit from the American making just 52% of first serves.

There were signs of the world number four at least gaining a foothold in the early stages of the second set, but Williams upped the pace in game five and Sharapova succumbed on break point with her fifth double fault.

Sharapova was struggling desperately to win points on her second serve and Williams let her off the hook with three missed returns on break points at 3-3, before the Russian saved two match points in game nine.

Williams still had her serve to come, however, and fired down four aces – taking her total to 13 – to complete the entire 79-minute contest without facing a break point.

Lindsay Davenport, 1999 Wimbledon champion said of the contest; “It’s 17 times in a row a now and I think Sharapova is a realist and says: ‘This is just a bad match-up for me.’ She just doesn’t possess what she needs to challenge Serena. She was constantly fighting to hold her own serve and couldn’t make any inroads on the return game. It all revolves around the serve for Serena and when that’s on, I’m not sure anyone can challenge her. It’s perfect.”