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Williams suffered a fourth round defeat at the Australian Open in the start of the season and missed a series of events due to an injury in February. She skipped Indian Wells Open this year as well and was a quarter-finalist in Miami. In her first event on clay, Williams assembled her fiercest arrows to shoot down players like Samantha Stosur, Sabine Lisicki and won the title in Charleston. Here at Madrid, she looked to be in the same form and raced past Elena Vesnina and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the opening rounds. She did however, have to dig deep in order to overcome former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki in the third round where she won 1-6,6-2,6-3. In her quarterfinal match against World No.2 and old foe Maria Sharapova she was ruthless and completely destroyed her in two unchallenged sets winning 6-1,6-3.
Coming into the tournament, Lucie Hradeka’s aim was to somehow qualify for the WTA Masters event, but as fortune would have it, she has gone on a dream run and made it here to the semifinals of the event. She is ranked 105 in the world and nobody gave her any chance, but she has defied odds by beating World No.3 Petra Kvtiova and the World No.5 Smantha Stosur. Her win-loss record stood at 9-11 before the tournament. Although what stands between her and the biggest final of her singles’ career is the daunting presence of Serena Williams, but she is more than capable of putting in another miraculous display of tennis to beat the American.
The only time the two have met was in Cincinnati last year and Serena won in two sets. Serena comes in as an overwhelming favorite in this one.
TennisEarth predict’s Serena to run Hradecka over in two sets to set up a dream final with World No.1 Victoria Azarenka.
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