Victoria Azarenka won her quarter-final in straight sets. Picture: Getty Images/Leon Neal
Serena Williams will be looking to build on her imposing Wimbledon record when she faces Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka in the Women’s semi-finals on Thursday. The American veteran has already played in six singles finals at the All England Club and can make it a fourth in five years be beating world number two Azarenka. The Belarusian has been impressive in the past fortnight and comes into this match without dropping a set, after dispatching of Austrian Tamira Paszek 6-3 7-6 in the quarter-finals.
She will have her work cut out against Williams however, with the sixth seed having won the past five matches between the pair to extend her career advantage over Azarenka to 7-1. Their most recent clash, at the Madrid Open on clay in May, saw Williams recorded an easy straight sets win over her opponent in the final, dropping just four games.
The other semi-final will see either Angelique Kerber or Agnieszka Radwanska win through to a maiden grand slam final. German Kerber won a hard fought quarter-final against compatriot Sabine Lisicki in three sets to secure a place in the final four, while Radwanska was made to work equally hard by Russian Maria Kirilenko in her last eight fixture. These players have met on four previous occasions, for two wins each.
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