Advertisement

Serena, Radwanska reach Wimbledon final

Serena, Radwanska reach Wimbledon final
America's Serena Williams returns in her match against Belarus's Victoria Azarenka on the tenth day of the 2012 Wimbledon championships in London, July 5, 2012. UPI/Hugo Philpott | License Photo

WIMBLEDON, England, July 5 (UPI) -- Sixth-seeded American Serena Williams Thursday beat No. 2 seed Victoria Azarenka to reach the Wimbledon championship match against Agnieszka Radwanska.

Williams, 30, vanquished Azarenka 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) in a semifinal match to improve to 8-1 lifetime against the 22-year-old Belarusian and reach her 18th major final.

Advertisement

Serena, a former world No. 1, overpowered Azarenka in the first set with a crushing serve before she managed to break Williams and tie the second set at 3-all. After staying on serve over the next six games, Williams won the tiebreaker with a Wimbledon-record 24th ace.

Poland's Radwanska, 23, blitzed No. 8 seed Angelique Kerber of Germany 6-3, 6-4 in 70 minutes and could become the No. 1 women's player in the world if she beats Williams, who is seeking a fifth Wimbledon title, on Saturday. The winner takes home $1.8 million.

Kerber, 24, was appearing in her first Wimbledon and second career Grand Slam semifinal (0-2).

Latest Headlines

Advertisement
Advertisement

Follow Us

Advertisement