We take a brief look at Serena Williams’ route to the Wimbledon 2012 finalYou can watch and bet on Williams v Radwanska live for free at bet365 > live tennis
Serena Williams has re-established herself as one of the biggest forces in the WTA over the past year, but her path to the final of Wimbledon 2012 hasn’t been straightforward. The American has met plenty of fierce resistance, but has repeatedly proven to be capable of recording wins when the going got tough.
Williams was clearly unhappy with her game at the end of her first round dismissal of Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, despite winning in straight sets (6-2, 6-4). There were a few improvements, and a lot less shouting, when she went on to beat Melinda Czink 6-1, 6-4 in round two.
After these early wins, things got a bit more interesting for neutral fans at Serena’s matches. Firstly, Jie Zheng took her to three sets, before succumbing to a 6-7(5), 6-2, 9-7 defeat. The sixth seed went through another scare in round four, as she scraped past Yaroslava Shvedova 6-1, 2-6, 7-5.
Williams’ next two matches could hardly have been tougher, but she reverted to winning in straight sets. A 6-3, 7-5 win over defending champion Petra Kvitova was followed by a 6-3, 7-6(6) triumph over world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka.
Only Agnieszka Radwanska stands in Serena’s way now. Can the American record one more victory this week?