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Serena a smashing success after sweeping Wimbledon semifinal match
Instead of ooohing and aaahing about Williams‘ aces, the crowd was fascinated at the start of her semifinal by Azarenka’s high-pitched wails on pretty much every point. It was as if none of the 15,000 or so spectators had ever seen — well, heard — her play. They giggled. They imitated the “unh-uhhhhh!” sounds. Eventually, they got used to it.
“Why would it upset me?” Azarenka told reporters. “You know, you guys make such a big deal out of it, it’s a little bit … boring.”
“I don’t see anybody else serving like this on the tour,” Azarenka said.
There was a half-hour stretch in the first set when Williams didn’t lose a point on her serve. She got the only break she needed in the eighth game, closing it by sprinting to her left to dig out a ball with a defensive backhand that extended the point, then pounding a backhand passing winner.
After dropping a set for the first time this fortnight, Azarenka made one late stand. Down 15-30 while serving and trailing 3-1 in the second set, she took three consecutive games and led 4-3. She suddenly was serving better, returning better and generally turning what had been a rout into a competitive, entertaining contest.
Didn’t last too long.
Azarenka did go up 5-4 in the tiebreaker, two points from forcing a third set. But Williams hit her 23rd ace, at 109 mph, to make it 5-all. At 6-all, Azarenka badly missed an easy backhand into the net, and Williams then ended things, fittingly enough, with a 107 mph ace.
After some trying times, she is back at her best.
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