Thursday Wimbledon semifinal previews:
(1) Serena Williams vs. Petra Kvitova
The world No. 1 pounded the lanky, free-swinging lefty this year at the Australian Open, possibly leaving Kvitova with a game plan. And this time she’s got confidence. Serena has been serving lights-out this year at the All England Club, so the Czech will need for her opponent to have an off day. Watch Kvitova’s aggressiveness, because if she can hit big and take her opportunities to come to net, win or lose, that’s how she needs to play. No one thought Venus would lose…
(21) Vera Zvonareva vs. Tsvetana Pironkova
Is the No. 21-seeded Russian through with cracking under the pressure and breaking into tears during and after matches? Pironkova doesn’t have an excess of power, but can she match the pinpoint shotmaking she exhibited against Venus Williams? Can The Crying Game join Olga Morozova (1974) and Maria Sharapova (2004) as Russians to reach the Wimbledon final? Will Zvonareva pummel that weird Pironkova slice forehand? Does anyone care who wins this and loses to Serena?
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