Friday, July 2, 2010

Wimbledon Report: Ladies' Semifinals

The women's final is set and it will be 3-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams vs. first time grand slam finalist Vera Zvonareva. Serena has dominated since day one and has not lost a single set en route to her 16th grand slam final. Zvonareva has also done well taking care of higher ranked players such as Jelena Jankovic, Kim Clijsters, and Yanina Wickmayer.

Zvonareva had to first take care of Tsvetana Pironkova in the semifinals and was in fact in trouble against the Bulgarian as Pironkova won the first set comfortably. Zvonareva stepped up her game in the final two sets to reach her first grand slam final. Unfortunately for her, she meets a Williams sister.

A Williams sister has contested a final for every year the past decade except for 2006. Serena carries on this tradition into this new decade and she had to defeat Petra Kvitova. It was a closer right than everyone expected as Kvitova broke Serena early in the first set. Even when Serena broke back, Kvitova held on until losing heroically in the tiebreak. The second set was a more routine affair for Serena as she tries to capture her 4th Wimbledon title.

Finals Predictions: The H2H between the two is 5-1 in Serena's favor and her power and experience should only make this final one-sided. With that said, these two have never met in grass before. And actually Zvonareva beat Serena very recently in Wimbledon... in Ladies' Doubles. Will that have any bearing? Probably not, unless it fuels Serena to take some sort of revenge or something. Poor Zvonareva.

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