Wimbledon Women’s Semis Set: Serena v Maria, Aggie v Muguruza
by Staff | July 7th, 2015, 3:56 pm

If Serena Williams is going to win her third Slam of the year at Wimbledon this week, she’s going to have to go through the best of the best.
Yesterday she beat five-time Wimbledon champ and sister Venus Williams. Today she beat former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka. Next up in the semifinals? Former Wimbledon champ and former No. 1 Maria Sharapova.

Serena in the Tuesday quarterfinals at the All England Club was forced to come back against Azarenka, down a set but beating the No. 23-seeded Belarussian 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Williams at one point in the second set started a streak of seven consecutive games that took her on to a 3-0 lead in the third and eventual victory.

“I feel like Victoria and I always have really wonderful matches,” Serena said. “She’s always able to push it to three sets — we always have some great three-set matches.”

The No. 4-seeded Sharapova failed to close out the match after leading 6-3, 5-3 against the unseeded big-serving American CoCo Vandeweghe, but in the third drove out to a 3-0 lead en route to a 6-3, 6-7(3), 6-2 win.

“Today, serving for the second set, I could have made it easier,” the Russian said after reaching her first Wimbledon semifinal in four years. “It went to a third, but I still got the job done. I have to be pleased with that, that I’m in the semifinals again here after so many years.”

Williams has won the last 16 meetings against Sharapova amidst a 17-2 career head-to-head tally.

“I love playing Maria,” Serena said. “For me, I don’t feel like I have any pressure going into this match. We both lost early here last year. We’re both kind of enjoying this moment and at the end of the day one of us will be in the final.”

The other semifinal will feature Aggie Radwanska against Spanish grasscourt rookie Garbine Muguruza.

Radwanska with her retrieving game and time after time offering up opponents one more ball to make a mistake on, defeated American Madison Keys 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-3, reaching her third Wimbledon semifinal in four years.

“It was very tight and I just tried to play it point by point, game by game,” said Radwanska, who drew 40 unforced errors out of Keys. “That’s how you have to play it and in the third set one break was the difference…She’s a very talented, powerful player and I knew it was going to be very tough today.”

Muguruza, who round after round in press conferences has underlined her unfamiliarity with the grass, nevertheless continues to press on, in her quarterfinal defeating Swiss Timea Bacsinszky, 7-5, 6-3 to advance to her first Slam semifinal.

“It was a very tough match,” said Muguruza, who showed a masterful balance of baseline power and moving in to finish points. “The last game was a very intense one, so there was so much relief after that.”

She is the first Spaniard since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1997 to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon.

Radwanska says she anticipates a semifinal match similar to her quarterfinals.

“I’ve seen a few of [Muguruza’s] matches this tournament and she’s playing great tennis. She’s actually playing very similar to Keys so I think it could be a similar match,” the Pole said. “It’s the semifinals so, of course, there’s nothing to lose. All the players are playing great tennis. I’m just going to fight for each point and try to play my best. One day’s rest and I’ll be ready to go.”

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18 Comments for Wimbledon Women’s Semis Set: Serena v Maria, Aggie v Muguruza

Tennis Vagabond Says:

“I love playing Maria”

I bet you do! 11 years of good times.

Hippy Chick Says:

I think it will be Serena against Garbine in the final,Garbine actually beat Serena at the FO last year,could you see her doing it again hmm doubtful,but you never know i suppose?….

skeezer Says:

Serena Vika match was entertaining. They both have no problem bashing each other. Serena is looking awesome…

Okiegal Says:

She is looking awesome…..so focused when she needs to be! I don’t know how she can keep it together and come back time and again. She is a warrior, no doubt!!

They were even fighting it out who could be the loudest. It got comical at one point in the match. They were yelling to the top of their lungs….

FedExpress Says:

Serene looking awesome?!Hadnt heather choked serena would be out.

When will maria beat serena?6 years age gap and couldnt beat her for 11 years. If not on friday then she never will.for a gs champ a bit embarassing. Even cornet did beat serena in two proper matches last year.

Rich Says:

What did all of you think of Serena’s hindrance which was not called, when Azarenka was serving break point down at 2-3 in the 2nd set and hit an approach to Serena’s backhand, and then Serena hit a beautiful cross-court backhand, while yelling the entire time, as Azarenka then netted a backhand volley, resulting in a critical break of serve???

Serena yelled during her own ball impact, continuing after ball impact, continuing as Azarenka hit her volley, and continuing even after Azarenka had netted the volley.

I realize that Sharapova and Azarenka (and Nadal and Ferrer) are the loudest players on tour, which I personally find to be an ugly part of the game that needs to be removed, but that does not excuse Serena’s long and loud hindrance, which some could view as unprofessional, others as an intimidation tactic, Sharapova critics as disrespectful to her opponent, and me…..well, what do you all think???

Regardless, the first set-and-a-half was incredible tennis from both sides; only Kvitova is capable of playing at that level, and only once every 2 years….

skeezer Says:

Re; hindrance
I thought it was. She yelled all the way till Vika attempted to hit her volley. But Vika and the ump have to protest, there was none of that, so in the end moot point.
I agree that match was of the highest quality, great match.
Other than that, they need to outlaw the screeching yelling crap. Its a crutch, not a have to …to execute shots.

Darryl Thompson Says:

Serena ALWAYS goes through the best-of-best in GS play. She has a history of cleaning out the top players and the hot-handed “wonders” so this Wimbledon is simply par for the course – nothing special, same old, same old. Sharapova on the hand rarely plays the best-of-the-best to win a Slam; other than the 2004 GS she historically face weak opponents who stumbled into the final for the first time ever and get clocked like a deer in the headlight of an on-coming hemi truck.

Darryl Thompson Says:

Tennis Vagabond – you make me laugh. :-)

Rich Says:

Thanks for your reply, skeezer. The Azarenka/Serena match will be Wimbledon’s best on the women’s side this year. It’d be great from my perspective if Garbine could take Serena to the limit, but I don’t think Garbine’s ready yet – too many errors, not enough ball-on-the-rise attacking, and a 2-handed backhand volley??? That’s what Serena uses, and not very well.

Dan Martin Says:

I’ve got my semifinal picks for the ladies’ draw up at http://tennisabides.com

FedExpress Says:

I just hope maria shows some guts and plays well for a change. To not beat serena in her prime years is just embarassing. At least take a set off. The matches have never been close since 2004.

jalep Says:

Agree with your semifinal picks and analysis, Dan Martin.

The only thing I’m wondering is if Aga gets a set, she might win. Aga has more experience on grass at Wimbledon and she’ll use all her tricks vs young Garbine. I love Aga Radwanska’s tennis but really don’t want to see her play Serena again or Maria in the final. So, I hope you are right all the way around.

jalep Says:

lol, Daryl Thompson. So true.

Nothing else this tournament can be funnier or as entertaining as Serena v Vika semi!

There is a chance though…if Serena starts out-screeching Maria…

She had the center court crowd laughing when she suddenly started up vs Vika.

Yep, looking forward to Serena v Maria.

jane Says:

Serena vs Maria H2H 2-17
is rather like
Federer vs Roddick H2H 3-21

some close matches (where sharpie took a set or forced some tiebreaks), and some blowouts too, but largely a foregone conclusion as to who will win.

the last set maria won was at miami in 2013. since then, most of their sets have been relatively close, with one break or a tiebreak, but no “break throughs” for mash.

it’s just a really bad match up, as was roddick vs fed.

jalep Says:

Yeah (Serena d. Maria) probably is a foregone conclusion, jane. And yet, I will be up early to watch Aga v Garbine, then Maria v Serena.

Won’t be able to watch live tennis for the rest of Wimbledon though with my work schedule. Also will miss Tour de France live. Busy time of year for my two favorite sports. Disappointed with TdF so far though…one of my favorites to win already is two full minutes behind. Contador is in the top 10, only seconds back but he’s attempting the Giro-Tour double (won the Giro d’Italia already in May) and it’s extremely hard to win both Grand Tours back to back. All the spectacular Mountain top finishes are yet to come.

I’ll have a royal tantrum and quit watching if team Sky/Froome dominate like in 2013 though, lol…

My feelings are far less strong about who wins Wimbledon. French Open, on the other hand…

FedExpress Says:

Would be nice to have a first time gs winner. Azarenka was the last one who had the beakthrough

FedExpress Says:

masha could have developed a mental edge against serena had she served the match out at the open 2005. that match changed the whole dynamic

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