Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova in the Wimbledon 2015 semis and advanced to the finals to meet Gabine Muguruza, who beat Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska. Muguruza has beaten Williams before, but Williams is a veteran tennis player and has won at Wimbledon several times before.
After a rocky start, Williams stepped up and put up some impressive, yet absurd numbers. It was amazing to see her force Sharapova into winning only 29% of her points on her second serve. It is that kind of pressure which will give her the win against Muguruza on Saturday. The No. 1 ranked tennis player is the favorite to win the Wimbledon Women’s singles title of 2015. She has been getting better as the tournament progresses, and in Thursday’s match she was domineering against the Russian tennis pro. The only thing in Muguruza’s corner for Saturday’s match will be that she beat the No. 1 tennis player in last year’s French Open.
Williams said that her opponent gave her a good match, and it was not easy out there. She was nervous going in but was able to step up her game when she needed to. She said that her opponent from Spain for Saturday’s game is a good player, and she knows she will have to be fighting all the way for the win.
The Wimbledon 2015 Women’s singles final, with Williams and Muguruza should be an exciting match, with the Spaniard fighting for her first Wimbledon title, and Williams looking for her sixth. Thursday’s match started with three aces and a double-fault, and Sharapova could only pace back and forth. Williams fought hard for the semis win, and she will fight just as hard for the finals win.
The Russian tennis pro had some nice hits, but she started out too rough and could not straighten out against the No. 1 ranked tennis pro. Although she did have a couple of winners in the beginning, Williams, who is known for her own private arsenal, fired back with her backhand winner, making the score 30-15, Sharapova was able to make it 40-15, but a winner from either wing brings it up to deuce. At two points to go, a double-fault was present for Williams advantage, but she could not handle it and hit a simple forehand into the tramlines. A weak second serve from the Russian and the American swallowed it up to get back to deuce. Sharapova gave it her all, but Williams’ determination was too much for her.
Muguruza had dominated for almost two sets, using which she built a nice lead serving up more than twice the winners than Radwanska, and winning almost three-quarters the points on her opponent’s serve. She made a nice lead for herself at 6-2 and 3-1. It took the Polish tennis pro almost an hour to earn a break point. However, as soon as Muguruza hit the net, the momentum changed in a dramatic way. Radwanska won six straight games and broke as the decider started. Muguruza turned the tables a bit by hitting a couple of winners to break at 1-1, and the competition unraveled. Both players fought hard, but in the end it was the Spanish tennis pro, who served up a brilliant serve, and a forehand to drive a volley, and become the first Spanish woman to enter the Wimbledon finals since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1996.
The Wimbledon 2015 Women’s singles final match will be held on Saturday July 11, between Williams and Muguruza. This matchup is going to be a tough contest, according to Williams. Muguruza knows she has her work cut out for her and plans to enjoy the next two days while getting ready for her final match of Wimbledon 2015.
Opinion by Katherine Miller-Chichester
Edited by Ankur Sinha
BBC sport: Wimbledon Gabine Muguruza beats Agnieszka Radwanska
The Telegraph: Serena Williams vs. Maria Sharapova, Wimbledon 2015 live: American wins first 6-2.
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