World number 1 Serena Williams reached her eighth Wimbledon final with a one- sided 6-2, 6-4 victory over 4th seed Maria Sharapova. It was her 17th win in a row over the Russian star who seems to be appearing clueless as to how to beat Serena with yet another defeat at her hands.
The five times champion is now one match away from reinforcing her stranglehold on the women’s game by holding all four grand slam titles at the same time, a feat she will achieve for the second occasion if she beats 20th-seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, in the final.
Aiming to break her long jinx against Serena, Sharapova again could not deal with the ferocity of the Williams return, while her own big serve which is normally consistent, crumbled as the American increased the pressure.
The Russian is said to be one of the game’s most powerful hitters but looked overawed at times in the face of Williams’s ruthless power game. The world number one launched an attacking barrage, breaking twice in the first set and once in the second, bringing up match point with an ace and thundering down another huge serve to clinch a one-sided victory.