Maria Sharapova will face CoCo Vandeweghe in the quarterfinals on Centre Court, while Novak Djokovic will resume his fourth-round match against Kevin Anderson on Court 1.
Get past ex- No. 1 Victoria Azarenka on Tuesday, then win twice more, and she would complete a self-styled “Serena Slam” of four consecutive major championships, something she also did in 2002-03. The two-time Grand Slam champion earned a crucial break early in the match en route to easily claiming the first set.
For when Williams finds her best game, she becomes unbeatable.
Serena has been in incredible form over the past 12 months and is looking for yet another Grand Slam and yet another Wimbledon title.
“It can be a little bit distracting sometimes, if you’re trying to listen to a line judge’s call or something”, said Williams.
” “We haven’t played each other at Wimbledon in a while but I look forward to it”, Williams said”. His strong Wimbledon campaign ended at the hands of Marin Cilic, last year’s USA Open champion, in four sets.
The two players, who have both won the title at SW19 five times, produced some powerful tennis but it ultimately came down to the serving of the pair which decided the match.
Blocking her path to a first Wimbledon final since 2012 is Maria Sharapova after the Russian fought off feisty American CoCo Vandeweghe – the only unseeded player in a quarter-final lineup few would have predicted at the start.
Williams is 17-2 against Sharapova, including 16 straight victories.
She raised her game again to the occasion against Victoria Azarenka, a ex- No. 1 who can play with anyone except Williams. Sharapova also knows how to win on big stages and if she commits less unforced errors, she might just rattle Serena’s game which she knows fairly well. You know, she could play Maria Sharapova. “I can’t say I went out there and didn’t play well”. Both hit the ball hard. He can put in, just out of nowhere, really flat performance, so we’ll keep an eye him.
The other semifinal is No. 13 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland against No. 20 Garbine Muguruza of Spain.
Three of Wednesday’s men’s quarterfinals are set: Roger Federer against Gilles Simon, Andy Murray against Vasek Pospisil, and Stan Wawrinka against Richard Gasquet.
The 21st-seeded Frenchman, who reached the semifinals at the All England Club in 2007, beat Kyrgios 7-5, 6-1, 6-7 (7), 7-6 (6) Monday on Court 2.
The Serb had levelled at two sets all when play was postponed due to bad light yesterday, before he finished the job by taking the deciding set, 7-5 today. That was enough for Sharapova to close out the match, staying on serve and earning another break to advance to the semifinals.
“I relished it pretty well. I just really don’t have anything to lose”. “I enjoyed the crowd out there”, said Vandeweghe, whose grandfather and uncle were National Basteball Association players and grandmother was a Miss America. I never had problem playing on that surface and always had really good results here.
A maiden grand slam quarter-final upholds that legacy, and Vandeweghe was certainly not in the mood to be bossed by her five-time major champion opponent.
Similarly, Williams was too good in the late going.
The Russian buckled down and went up 3-0 in the third set. Her match with Zarina Diyas was a lot closer than the final score of 6-4, 6-4, leads one to think.
It was an exciting moment for Vandeweghe, but the momentum quickly dissipated as she double-faulted and committed two forehand errors in the following game, giving Sharapova the break and the 4-2 advantage.