Serena Sees Off Azarenka Faces Sharapova In Semis

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Top seed Serena Williams kept alive her hopes of a sixth Wimbledon title and a possible calendar Grand Slam with a three-set win over Victoria Azarenka.

The American, 33, won a high-quality quarter-final 3-6 6-2 6-3 in front of 15,000 spectators on Centre Court and books a date with 4th seed Maria Sharapova on Thursday.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion has now won 26 matches in a row at the majors stretching back to Wimbledon 2014.

Spanish 20th seed Garbine Muguruza will play Poland’s former finalist Agnieszka Radwanska, the 13th seed, in the other semi-final.

Former champion Sharapova withstood some heavy hitting from American Coco Vandeweghe to reach her fifth Wimbledon semi-final.

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The fourth seed was under pressure after losing the second set but recovered to beat the world number 47 6-3 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 in the opening match on Centre Court.

“You have to give everything,” said the 2004 winner.

“You are playing in a Wimbledon quarter-final. It’s been a while since I have been in a semi at Wimbledon. I was pleased to win and it gives me a lot of confidence.

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