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Though, she was not placed in the category of underdogs by leading tennis pundits, prior to the start of Wimbledon, Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka were tipped as the most potent contenders to clinch the Women’s singles title this year at the prestigious All England Club. But, like she has done over the years by forcing her critics to eat their own words and consequently mocking the WTA Rankings – Serena Williams ousted Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka in straight sets and stormed into the final, while Sharapova bowed out by rejuvenated Sabine Lisicki of Germany. Here she is and yes these tennis experts have to say now – she is the favorite to win another Wimbledon title.
While tackling those deep angled shots during the past fortnight, Serena clinched her fist every time she felt – yes that’s what she wanted to do. The ferocity of her gesture is understandable, considering the obstacles she has faced in the past couple of years. After beating a couple of scary health issues, the American powerhouse of tennis is back and now she will try to clinch her fifth Wimbledon title, she plays Agnieszka Radwanska, the first Polish player to reach a Grand Slam final since 1939. If Serena manages to clinch her 14th major title on Saturday, she would also tie her sister Venus with a fifth win at Wimbledon.
Elated Serena quoted post her semi-final win - "I'm so happy to be playing. I've been through so much in the past year or two years, it has been unbelievable."
In modern world of tennis, where speed and power certainly rule the roost – the 23-year-old Pole Agnieszka Radwanska has proved yet again that you can defy the odds and muster wins by playing an elegant and precision-oriented tennis – that also makes this sport truly enticing. If Radwanska manages to win the title on Saturday, she will become the new world number one. The Pole beat Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-4 on Thursday to reach her first Grand Slam final.
When asked about her first Grand Slam final, the Pole asserted "I will do whatever it takes to make sure I'm ready to play the best I can."
This will be their third meeting and Serena apparently leads the head-to-head with 2-0. Interestingly, both those meetings came four years ago in 2008, when Serena was thoroughly dominating the Women’s tennis. Things have changed a bit over the years, but as the American has shown in this tournament – she just needs a few good wins under her belt to get back her devastating form. Radwanska asserted in an interview – that she has nothing to lose in this final. The Pole has been pretty successful against hard-hitting players in this season, as she outsmarts them in long rallies by creating those difficult angles and also compliments her rallies with exquisite drop-shots. The Pole needs to get her act together and stay supremely confident against Serena – if she wants to get her hands over that holy grail of tennis.
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