Thursday, August 2, 2012
Serena vs Azarenka in Olympics Semifinals
Victoria Azarenka overcome Angelique Kerber 6-4 7-5 to reach the semifinals at the 2012 Olumpic Games where she will face Serena Williams.
Williams crushed Caroline Wozniacki 6-0 6-3 to advance.
Azarenka broke early to take a 4-1 lead, before Kerber fought back to level at 4-4.
Vika was able to take another break and the set when Kerber ploughed the ball into the net.
They traded two breaks each in the second set before Azarenka broke again to lead 5-3.
The German saved three match points and managed to claw it back to 5-5.
But serving to stay in contention, she sent a shot long to give Azarenka the victory.
"It was definitely a really tough one," Azarenka said. "I tried to be aggressive and I tried to take control. It was very difficult as it was important who took command first and started to be more aggressive."
"I always think about medals but I don't think about it on court. I just try to do my job and focus on the present and not really think about the future because if I'm focused and playing well the result will take care of itself," Azarenka said.
Williams won the first seven games of the match today. She kept one exchange going with a desperation, off-balance left-handed shot.
"I haven't practiced it in a couple of months," she said. "I wish I could have hit it better."
The American lost only nine points on her serve, never faced a break point and hit 30 winners to seven for Wozniacki.
"I felt a little off today, believe it or not," Williams said. "But I'm really, really hard to please."
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