Serena Williams and Aggie Radwanska to Finals

| July 6, 2012 | 0 Comments

There were rumors of sunlight over Wimbledon for the women’s semifinal matches. Wherever the sun shined, it shined most on Agnieszka Radwanska and Serena Williams.  The tournaments two most consistent players will meet in the women’s finals on Saturday.  Aggie Radwanska (3) and Serena Williams (5) overcame some pretty intense opponents on the way to the championship match.  

In the first semifinal, Angelique Kerber (8) was expected to out-serve the steady Pole.  That failed to happen as Aggie recorded 3 aces with no doubles as compared to Angelique’s 2 aces and one double. Ms. Radwanska established herself as the smoothest baseline player in the draw.  Neither Radwanska nor Angelique had reached a Grand Slam final before this match but Aggie’s stoic persona never rattled.

Serena Williams

Serena Williams in Finals of Wimbledon 2012

Aggie’s quick feet and deft shot-making consistently frustrated her aggressive opponent during the 70 minute 6-3, 6-4 victory. Aggie recorded just six unforced errors in the win.

Victoria Azarenka gave it all she had against Serena’s serving machine in a high quality match of power and determination.  The American notched 24 aces for a personal best. She needed every one of those aces against a championship caliber opponent, who played with confidence and precision after dropping the first set.  Despite all the aces, Victoria managed one break as Williams recorded just two.  Victoria seemed to have the edge after holding serve at 6-5 in the second.  But, as she has done all tournament, Williams dug in with her 120 mph serves for which Ms. Azarenka had no response.

Williams belted 45 outright winners.  Victoria had nine against 9 unforced errors.  With the game Victoria brought to center court, she would have triumphed over any other player in the field. She displayed excellent technique and showed her new mature determination.

Williams simply served her way to the title, closing with an ace. What else?

Radwanska will not only be playing for the crown but she will be playing to take over the top ranking. She better rest he feet before the next one.  If Serena keeps serving like this, she is at a different level. Serena is 27-3 this year and has been pointing to Wimbledon. Williams is looking for her fifth title here and her 14th Grand Slam title. 

Radwanska is 38-9 this season with three WTA titles under her belt.  This promises to be an interesting match of offense versus defense.  On grass, the offense seems to prevail.  The twosome have met nine times with Serena winning six times.

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