Semifinal pairs are set at Wimbledon: twice defending champion Venus Williams will play top seed Dinara Safina, while last year’s finalist Serena Williams will face Elena Dementieva.
Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams wasted little time in defeating 11th seed Agnieszka Radwanska. Williams raced to a 5-0 lead in 18 minutes and won the first set in just 27 minutes. Radwanska was coping better at the start of the second set and even got to 0-40 in game two, before converting her first chance to break. However, the third-seeded Williams wasn’t really threatened and broke two times in a row to get to 5-2 and soon after she sealed a 6-1 6-2 victory.
World number one Dinara Safina, who is not a fan of grass and has never before went further than the third round at Wimbledon, came back from a set down to overcome unseeded Sabine Lisicki 6-7(5) 6-4 6-1, the winner over ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round. Safina remained on course for a first Grand Slam title, despite her unconvincing game and 15 double faults.
Fourth seed Elena Dementieva crushed Francesca Schiavone 6-2 6-2 and advanced to the Wimbledon semifinal for the second year in a row. The last to join the semifinalist was second seed Serena Williams who beat eighth seed Victoria Azarenka 6-2 6-3.
It’s the first time since 2006 that all four top seeded players reached the semifinals. (photos: Life)