The unbeatable top-ranked Serena Williams won the blockbuster quarterfinal against Victoria Azarenka, 3-6 6-2 6-3, in an imposing comeback victory. Can you imagine that almost all Vika’s recent losses have come at the hands of Serena or Sharapova? Dating back to Indian Wells: Sharapova, Pennetta, Serena, Sharapova, Serena, Serena.
And speaking of Sharapova, the Russian is Williams’ next opponent. Maria Sharapova stopped Coco Vandeweghe 6-3 6-7(3) 6-2, the American who had taken out three seeded players en route to the quarters and in Tuesday’s big encounter managed to force the decider by pushing through the second set after a 5-3 deficit and kept the third set entertaining by breaking back after an initial 3-0 disadvantage. The world No.4 Sharapova is through to her 20th Grand Slam semifinal!
After the match, however, Vandeweghe questioned Sharapova’s sportsmanship and even said that she thought the umpire was too afraid to confront the big star:
What I experienced, what I felt from her moving around in between my serving motion was not, I don’t think, sportsmanlike, in my opinion. I try to play as fair as I can. You know, when I felt like it wasn’t being reciprocated, that’s when I spoke with the umpire for her to deal with.
I mean, it is what it is. What she said, I’m not going to argue against her words.
World No.20 Garbine Muguruza made her first Grand Slam semifinal with a 7-5 6-3 victory over Timea Bacsinszky, becoming the first Spaniard in 18 years to earn a place among the final four at Wimbledon, where she’ll face thirteenth-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska, the 7-6(3) 3-6 6-3 winner over Madison Keys. (photos: Jimmie48)