Friday, July 2, 2010

Serena and Vera Set to Face Off in Wimbledon Final

"I don't think she does anything terrible."

That was Serena Williams' assessment pof Vera Zvonareva's game yesterday when asked about their match up in Saturday's final. And Vera,w ithout a doubt, has done nothing terribly this fortnight. Prone to historic meltdowns, Zvonareva has kept her focus throughout the tournament, and pair that with her extremely powerful ground strokes and terrific movement, and you have someone who is tough to beat. Tsvetana Pironkova got a handful of all of that in her semi with the 21st seed. The Bulgarian got off to a quick start taking the opener 6-3, but the Russian Zvonareva upped her aggression to win the second by the same score. She dominated the third 6-2, controlling the points against an also-powerful Pironkova, to reach her first Grand Slam final.

Serena Williams, on the other hand, was always expected to make it to this stage. But no one knew she would do it while setting numerous serving records in the process. The American has cracked 80 aces in her 6 matches thus far, a Wimbledon record for most aces served by a women in the tournament. The number is more than that total of Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic through their five 3-out-of-5 set matches. Against surprise semifinalist Petra Kvitova, Serena continued her stellar serving, winning 7-6 (4), 6-2 to reach her third consecutive Wimbledon final, where she'll be going for her 4th career title at the All England Club.

The top seed will be an overwhelming favorite in the final, and with her current form it will be difficult for anyone to beat her. If Serena can get an early break, it will be "blowout city" as Brad Gilbert calls it. Her Major final record is incredible and if she gets a lead she won;t look back. But not all hope is lost for Vera. If she can hold serve consistently in the first set and win it in a tiebreak, she can continue her momentum into the second and stun Williams. Don't expect it though.

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