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Serena Williams downs defending champion Petra Kvitova in Wimbledon quarterfinals

Serena Williams aced a 6-2 7-5 victory over defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to reach her eighth career Wimbledon semifinal in a bid to win her fifth title at the Grand Slam. Williams' last major title came at Wimbledon 2010 and en route to that one she defeated Kvitova in the semis, but the Czech was ranked 62nd then, while now she's No.4 and a former No.2.

In today's quarterfinal, Williams often dictated points, especially with her serve and service return. Serving for the match, Williams blasted three aces and a service winner, thus collecting a total of 13 aces in the match and a Wimbledon 2012 leading total of 61 aces. Kvitova helped Williams by making four consecutive errors when serving at 5-5 30-0 in the second set to hand Williams a crucial break.

Serena's opponent in the semis will be the winner of the match between Victoria Azarenka and the only unseeded quarterfinalist Tamira Paszek.

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