WTA Big Guns Clash In Brisbane Semi

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Serena Williams holds an 11-1 advantage over Victoria Azarenka. Image courtesy of gototennis.com
Victoria Azarenka holds the world number one ranking at the moment, but make no mistake, Serena Williams is still the most dominant player on the WTA Tour. She was close to unstoppable in the back half of last year winning Wimbledon, Olympic gold, the US Open and the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul.

The American wasn’t just winning matches, she was pummeling opponents. She has lost just once since last May – to German star Angelique Kerber in the Cincinnati quarters – and after her triumph at the All England Club, she has been taken to three sets on just one occasion, when Azarenka pushed her to the limit in the final at Flushing Meadows.

Both players have been relatively untroubled on Pat Rafter Arena so far. Azarenka accounted for the talented Sabine Lisicki before destroying Kazakh qualifier Ksenia Pervak 6-1 6-0 in the final eight. Williams has won both her matches in straight sets against Alize Cornet and countrywoman Sloane Stephens.

Williams holds an 11-1 head-to-head advantage over Azarenka. The Belarusian scored her only win back in 2009, but Williams won all five contests in 2012. Apart from the US Open decider, they met on one other occasion on hardcourt with Williams getting home 6-4 6-4. Azarenka struggled with her serve in that match and will need to get far more of her first balls in play to put pressure on her opponent.

The winner of this match will play either Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova  or lucky loser Lesia Tsurenko  in the final.


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