Serena Williams convincingly dismissed Maria Sharapova 6-2 6-4 in the second women’s singles semifinals at centre court on Wednesday.
Williams registered her 17th consecutive victory over 4th seeded Russian Sharapova.
The top-seed American now faces young 20th seed Spaniard Garbine Muguruza in her bid to the 4th consecutive Grand Slam title, which till date only five women have achieved.
Serena Williams herself did it in 2002-03 season. Only three players have managed to notch up a true Grand Slam, winning all four majors in a single calender year. Steffi Graf won it for the last time in 1988. If Williams wins this finals, she will start the US open in August with a shot at that phenomenal achievement.
“I don’t want the pressure of that, and I’m not thinking of that. When you talk about it every time, you can’t help but think about it,” Williams said in an interview. “It’s been OK just to free my brain from that.”
On Wednesday, Williams hit 13 aces, one of her serve reaching 123 mph. She had a 29-9 edge in winners, a testament of her domination through-out the game.
“Nothing to do with Sharapova,” said Williams’ coach, Patrick Mouratoglou. “She does this to most of the top 10 players. It’s true. She’s dominating the game for a long time.”