Wimbledon Scores For Day 8: Serena Williams To Clash Maria Sharapova In Semifinals
The Wimbledon scores of the women’s quarterfinal from center-court are here.
Williams Eying Another Glory
Top seeded Serena Williams came back from a set down to beat Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 3-6 6-2 6-3 in front of 15,000 spectators on Center Court in a high voltage quarterfinal. She hit 17 aces and 46 winners to overcome the fierce challenge thrown by Azarenka in 2 hours and 5 minutes.
With this win, the 20-time Grand Slam Champion is undefeated in a major since 2014 Wimbledon, winning 26 matches in a row.
“It was really fun out there,” said Williams in an interview. “I was smiling at one point and I saw Victoria smiling as well. We both really enjoyed it.
“It’s been up and down, up and down, but somehow I’m still alive. I’m just happy to be here.”
“No Slam talk” said Williams, who stands two wins away from winning all four major singles title in a calender year.
Steffi Graf last achieved this feat in 1988.
Williams now faces fourth seed Russian Maria Sharapova on Thursday in the semifinals.
“It’s been a while but she’s been playing really well, she’s such a fighter,” Williams said of her semifinal tie.
“I look forward to it. I don’t have anything to lose, I’m just going in there trying to win a match.”
Sharapova In Last Four
American Coco Vandeweghe is known for heavy hitting. Experienced Maria Sharapova withstood the threat posed by the American, ranked 47, despite losing the second set to register a 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 in the first match at center-court.
“You have to give everything,” said the 2004 winner after making it to the last four for the first time since 2011.
“You are playing in a Wimbledon quarter-final. It’s been a while since I have been in a semi at Wimbledon. I was pleased to win and it gives me a lot of confidence.”
Radwanska To Face Muguruza In The Other Semifinal
Agnieszka Radwanska, the finalist of 2012 beat American Madison Keys in the quarterfinals 7-6 (7-3) 3-6 6-3 banking on her craft and guile.
The 26 year old Pole will now face Spain’s 20th seed Garbine Muguruza, who beat Timea Bacsinszky 7-5 6-3, in the second semifinals.
Djokovic Through To Semis
Coming back from two sets down Novak Djokovic forced a decider yesterday before bad light stopped play. The top seed finished it off on Tuesday by finally beating big serving South African Kevin Anderson 6-7 (6-8) 6-7 (6-8) 6-1 6-4 7-5.
“Kevin served exceptionally well,” said Djokovic. “This was one of the most difficult matches I have played at Wimbledon in my career.
“It was high-quality tennis in the fifth set. At times I was helpless with my return – it was very difficult to read his serve and he was very aggressive.
“I was two sets down and coming back to win gives me great satisfaction and confidence for my next challenge.”