It comes as no surprise that Serena Williams handily advanced to the semifinals of the Collector Swedish Open, but it is unbelievable that if she wins her next match, and her obstacle will be a player who had beaten her before, the world No.1, winner of countless singles and doubles titles, will be in her first final of an International-level event.
In today’s quarterfinals, Williams defeated Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-1 6-1 in 62 minutes, but her next opponent will be third seed Klara Zakopalova, who not only won their 2009 Marbella match on clay, but saved five match points against Williams in the first round of the French Open that same year.
Here’s what Serena said about the upcoming encounter:
I want to play two more matches and win on the last day, but I have a really tough opponent coming up.
Zakopalova, who advanced to the semis with a 6-2 6-3 win over Richel Hogenkamp, is not so optimistic about repeating her 2009 feat:
I remember she was just coming from Miami and was a little bit tired and injured. It’s not like the Serena today. She’s playing amazing tennis.