Serena smacks 24th ace to reach Wimbledon finals
Serena Williams today while occupying the centre court scored another ace to bring her Wimbledon-record to 24 times of scoring an ace.
Reaching her seventh Wimbledon final with Victoria Azarenka being the fall woman, the 13-time Grand Slam Champion got her 24th ace as she beat the Russian 6-3,7-6 (6) in the semi-finals.
After the match, Serena admitted she has been working so very hard because she wanted to achieve this feat.
The four-time Wimbledon champion confessed that it was actually very tight for her in the second set as she almost lost it when Azarenka came back fighting but she brought herself to relax and she was able to overcome the challenge.
It would be recalled that Serena lost in the first round of the French Open.
The previous Wimbledon record of 23 aces was also set by Williams, in a three-set victory over Zheng Jie in the third.
Williams controlled the play against Azarenka in the first set with her service game, winning 20 of the 24 points she started. She then went up an early break in the second set, but Azarenka responded to make it 3-3.
They held the rest of the way, and Williams picked up her final three aces in the tiebreaker.
Williams will face Agnieszka Radwanska in Saturday’s final and attempt to tie her sister Venus by winning her fifth Wimbledon singles title. The third-seeded Pole beat Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 in the other semi-finals.
Radwanska can take over the No. 1 ranking if she beats Williams on Saturday. If not, Azarenka, who won the Australian Open, will take over the top spot from Maria Sharapova.
For Radwanska, it was a steady hand — or steady backhands and forehands actually — that put her into her first Wimbledon final.
She won five straight games to take the first set, and then held on after taking an early lead in the second.
Radwanska is the first Polish woman to reach a major final since 1939, when Jadwiga Jedrzejowska lost in the French Championships.
Playing on Centre Court, both Radwanska and Kerber started well but soon started to show their nerves.
Each held at love in their opening service games, but Kerber broke for a 2-1 lead when Radwanska’s backhand drop shot went wide.
It was one of only six unforced errors for Radwanska.
The second set was more even, but Radwanska took a 3-2 lead by making it 3 for 3 on break points and then held the rest of the way.
Kerber finished with 26 winners, six more than Radwanska, but had 14 unforced errors.