Number one seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and fourth seed Serena Williams of the United States, did battle today for a place in the finals of the Olympic tennis competition on the hallowed grass of Wimbledon.
Coming into this match, it was difficult to see anyone getting past Williams, who has decimated all her opponents in her run thus far. This year’s Wimbledon champion, Williams showed none of the nerves which marked her first few rounds at Wimbledon, as she comprehensively beat former world number one, Jelena Jankovic 6-3 6-1, then went on to another easy win over Ursula Radwanska 6-2 6-3. Her first seeded opponent was Vera Zvonareva (13), but she had no luck as Williams steamrolled her 6-1 6-0 before taking on number eight seed Caroline Wozniacki in the quarters. Williams again showed her dominance of the women’s game by comprehensively dismissing the former world number one from Denmark, 6-0 6-3.
Azarenka was taken to three sets in her first round match against Begu of Roumania, sailed past Martinez Sanchez 6-1 6-2 in the second round and then beat 14th seed Petrova in the third round 7-6 6-4. She got past Kerber 6-4 7-5 in the quarters to reach the semis.
Williams literally wiped Azarenka, the world’s top ranked player, off the court in a totally one sided match, winning 6-1 6-2 in one hour and three minutes, to book her place in the final against Maria Sharapova, who earlier today has an easy time on court, beating Maria Kirilenko 6-2 6-3.