Serena v Radwanska, Power v Guile in Wimbledon Women’s Final
by Staff | July 5th, 2012, 4:06 pm
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Get ready for another one-sided Wimbledon final — a Williams sister on one side, and her victim on the other.


In Thursday’s women’s semifinals at the All England Club, Serena Williams flexed her muscles in brute-forcing fellow former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka off the court 6-3,  7-6(3), in the process setting a Wimbledon record for aces in a match with 24.

“I’ve been working so hard, and I really, I really wanted it,” the four-time Wimbledon champ Williams said. “I got a little tight in the second set. I couldn’t relax. I was like, looking too far in the future and she came back. But I’m glad I was able to get through.”

The former record holder for aces in a women’s match? Serena with 23.

The grunting Azarenka looked like she could force a third set, but not even her shrill “Byewwwwwwwwww!”s could propel her past Williams, whose exhalations seemed demure next to the exhorting Belarussian.

In contrast to Williams’ physicality, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska will be on the other side of the net Saturday in the women’s final after beating German Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4.

Radwanska, the No. 3 seed, has brought back memories of former No. 1 Martina Hingis this year at Wimbledon — lacking power, but making up for it with placement, angles and — something rarely seen in the latter rounds of a women’s match — timely net approaches.

“This is a dream from when I was kid,” Radwanska said. “I’m playing tennis almost 18 years, and of course everybody’s dream is to play the final of a Grand Slam.”

The 23 year old is the first Polish woman to reach a Slam final in the Open Era.

“We both were a bit nervous in the beginning,” Radwanska said of the numerous errors from both players early on. “Of course this is the semifinals, so you really want to try your best, but sometimes too much, and your hands a little bit shaking. After a couple of games, I just relaxed a little bit. I was really focusing on every point.”

Williams has won both her career meetings against Radwanska, who will need every bit of her guile on Saturday to avoid a blowout at the All England Club.

WTA NOTES
The winner of 2012 Wimbledon will be the 7th different Grand Slam champion in a row. With Radwanska reaching her first Grand Slam final, 9 of the current Top 10 have now reached a major final (Kerber has reached two GS SFs)

In the last 10 years (since 2002), 6 players have won a Grand Slam singles title in their maiden GS final appearance: Myskina (2004 Roland Garros), Sharapova (2004 Wimbledon), Kuznetsova (2004 US Open), Schiavone (2010 Roland Garros), Kvitova (2011 Wimbledon) and Azarenka (2012 Australian Open)

Radwanska is bidding to become Poland’s first Grand Slam singles champion of either sex. Jadwiga Jedrzejowska was runner-up in 3 Grand Slam finals in the 1930s, including Wimbledon in 1937

A win today would also make Radwanska the first Pole to be No.1 on the WTA rankings, and the 22nd woman to reach the top spot since computerised rankings were introduced in 1975; as runner-up she would be No.2 behind Azarenka. Williams will be No.4, whatever the outcome of the match (behind No.3 Sharapova)

Both finalists are part of successful sister acts on the WTA. Urszula Radwanska is currently ranked a career-high No.54, and like Agnieszka is a former Wimbledon junior champion (2007). Serena is gunning to join Venus Williams with 5 Wimbledon singles titles

In 3r vs. Zheng, Williams served a Wimbledon record and personal best 23 aces. In SF vs. Azarenka, she set a new high of 24. Across the tournament, one in 5 of Serena’s serves that have gone in have been aces (20%)


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76 Comments for Serena v Radwanska, Power v Guile in Wimbledon Women’s Final

Lulu Iberica Says:

Congrats to Aga on her first slam final, but I’ve got to root for Serena!


Kimberly Says:

I think it will be beatdown city unless serena has an absolutely awful day, which these days is possible.


Lulu Iberica Says:

Agreed, Kimberly. If Serena’s serve went off, she would have trouble, because her ground game hasn’t been great. I keep worrying all the tennis she’s played might catch up with her, but she is certainly the heavy favorite.


Kimmi Says:

Missed the match, set my recording and there is nothing. what did i do wrong..ugh!

Congrats to especially aga, first GS final. go girl. unfortunately I see her beating miss williams.

24 aces for serena..wow! those are dr ivo’s numbers. wow!! incredible!


Kimmi Says:

should be “unfortunately i don’t see…..”


Margot Says:

Love Radwanka’s tennis- such a thoughtful intelligent game with such variety. She reads the game like Andy and her overheads are as good as Rafa’s.
Admire Serena tremendously and her support for Venus in the doubles has been lovely and certainly reveals her “softer” side.
Serena delivered what Mac said was the “best serving” he’s ever seen against Viki and Radwanska’s second serve stands up and asks to be crushed. Think Serena will crush Aggie but hey Arthur Ashe deliverd a huge shock, so who knows?


scineram Says:

Isn’t this the dreaded Sampras-Krajicek-Ivanisevic game the tennis world sought to eliminate?


Eric Says:

Have to say I am shocked Serena made it to the final. But gotta pick her to win pretty easily after coming through her last two matches – tougher opponents IMO – in straights.


Kimberly Says:

i think big chance of beatdown city but we never know til we play the match


Kimmi Says:

I read aga is sick or was sick, she is trying to recover before tomorrow.


Wog boy Says:

That Serena’s jacket is really “nice”, is she making them themself or somebody is helping her.


Andrew Miller Says:

Serena up 3-0, so far its a blowout with some signs of persistence from Radwanska. Not sure if Serena can maintain this perfect level. I would like to see Radwanska pull something, like a rabbit out of a hat!


Kimmi Says:

oh no! 4-0.

c’mon aga, get a game please


Andrew Miller Says:

0-5 Serena. This is a nightmare 1st set for Radwanska. And a welcome result for Serena.


Brando Says:

Serena’s just TOO GOOD for her- let’s face it, bar shazza she’s faced all the big names and beat them in straights. On grass, she still rules no doubt about it!


Wog boy Says:

Feel sorry for Radwanska, but she cannot do much against Serena;(


Brando Says:

She got a game thankfully!


Wog boy Says:

It is not a bagel.


Kimmi Says:

its actually a close match, it is just that radwanska is not winning important points.


El Flaco Says:

Serena’s average 1st serve speed is 107mph. Federer’s average 2nd serve speed yesterday was 102mph.


Brando Says:

@el flasco: I noticed that too! Serena maybe the best server since pete Sampras in either form of the game. On the big points I haven’t seen anyone close to her, in terms of producing the goods.


Kimmi Says:

she is not going all out today, she knows she doesnt need to. The match with azarenka, the serving was insane.


Wog boy Says:

I no this has nothing to do with this thread but does anybody know what was the meaning of Andy’s gesture, pointing towards the sky, if there is any, or he was just emotional for making the final? It looked to me that he almost cried.


Brando Says:

McEnroe thinks IF serena wins this one and 3 more slams, then she the GREATEST women’s player of all time in his opinion- interesting!


Wog boy Says:

I “know”


Andrew Miller Says:

Anyone else feel these behind the scene clips are pretty cool, like with the finalists going through the “cathedral” of Wimbledon or through the crowds? It’s like the “player in context”


Kimmi Says:

wogboy – andy was asked but he refused to say what it means.


Kimmi Says:

andrew – yap, that is very cool. I like it.


Andrew Miller Says:

Watching Serena, makes me wonder how she ever loses!


Wog boy Says:

Kimmi, I didn’t know he was asked, it appears that he was talking to somebody, didn’t look llike a prayer.

Good start from Radwanska:)


Brando Says:

Tournament record: 90 ACES! Followed by a Double fault, lol!


Kimmi Says:

wogboy – he was asked by the BBC guy after his match with ferrer I think. andy has been doing that in almost all his matches.


Wog boy Says:

Kimmi,

Thanks, I didn’t notice that before, though I didn’t see all and complete matches he played, I was switching between the matches or falling asleep due to my time zone, anyway he didn’t do that prior to Wimbledon, not that I noticed!


Kimmi Says:

much better second set


Wog boy Says:

If Radwanska can somehow win this set, she would have good chance in third.


Kimmi Says:

yap, it is a new thing he is doing at wimbledon. looks to be helping.


Kimmi Says:

radwanska break point!


Kimmi Says:

breaks!


Kimmi Says:

first time radwanska in front.


Brando Says:

Excellent fightback by radwanska- andy should take note!


Kimmi Says:

hmm! serena making errors now


Kimmi Says:

there! radwanska takes the second set. who saw that one coming?


PJ Says:

Wow, this is quite a turnaround. At this point, I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s tight or if Serena runs away with the third.


BT Says:

Not me… After the first set I thought this would be another William demolition like Safina but credit to Radwanska. Will be interesting to see what the 3rd set brings.


Kimmi Says:

radwanska can win this, serena is nervous. not serving well, going for too much.


Skeezer Says:

32 UE’s from Serena, what’s up with that?


Skeezer Says:

Kimmi I think you’re right this is a very nervy match between the 2 now


Kimmi Says:

radwanska game giving serena a problem now!


BT Says:

Good hold down two break points. That was a critical point


BT Says:

LOL… 4 aces


Kimmi Says:

4 aces in a game. ha ha


Wog boy Says:

Wow, four aces in a row, wow!


Kimmi Says:

serena breaks


Brando Says:

Serena seems to have composed herself now!


Brando Says:

Crucial game coming up.


Brando Says:

Aww, shame about the volley!


BT Says:

It’s all over now.


Kimmi Says:

saved 3 break point.

DROP SHOT!! radwanska cant see it.

Great dropper!!


Wog boy Says:

Yes, it is all over.


Kimmi Says:

smash!! not easy with those smashes.


Kimmi Says:

serena champion. congratulation.

I am glad it was not a rout.


Kimmi Says:

so this is the best umpire or what?

congrats to aga for reaching the final. it was a tall order to beat serena.

The announcer is too quiet….make the whole presentation boring.


Kimmi Says:

aga is crying. ah, very sad for her.


conty Says:

didn’t see the match; just read this thread and saw score. at least Agnieszka Radwanska got a set and it wasn’t a beatdown. would have preferred Agnie to pull the upset but….

congrats to Serena again. she definitely is the best as far as serving goes and just at another level than any other WTA player when healthy.


Margot Says:

kimmi, she also wasn’t well, had a cold, so not just tears causing sniffles.


conty Says:

hi margot ; )


Margot Says:

conty *waving*


conty Says:

is your sofa going to be a hiding place or? Margot?


conty Says:

Bubbly in the fridge :D . i’m not saying a word for fear of a jinx


conty Says:

Congratulations to Alison winning the WTA bracket challenge!!


Kimmi Says:

congrats to alison. followed by tuity frity. serena was a good pick but the way she lost at french open i didn’t think she would pull it off.

Conty leading the ATP bracket for days now :)


conty Says:

hi Kimmi. yes, but my lead is in serious jeopardy, since my pick went out in the semi-final. ‘Grandmajoan’ will win the bracket if Murray wins, lol; it’s ironic ’cause she knows nothing about tennis, so says Kimberly.


conty Says:

hey, heads up! i was wrong.

just checked the ‘what if scenarios’. for atp bracket challenge if Andy wins:

#1 dari!
#2 grandmajoan
#’s 3 and 4 patrick and jane, i think
#5 after my “loser” bracket holding top spot…..i end up #5

if Federer wins, I think I still win, Kimmi. (have to check again, just glanced at the Murray winning scenario.


conty Says:

WRONG AGAIN LOL

if Federer wins:

#1 The (highly esteemed), Mind Reels, passes me… *crying*
#2 me


conty Says:

Federer wins:

#3 Kimmi and Daniel in a tie for 3rd/ 4th!
#5 Eric!


Kimmi Says:

ha ha conty, i didnt know i could be no.3. that will be great finish.

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