Serena Williams is headed for a familiar destination. The America tennis player won her semifinal match against Victoria Azarenka on Thursday to advance to the Wimbledon finals for the seventh time in her career.
Ranked sixth, Williams, the last American standing in either the women’s or men’s singles, was an underdog to Azarenka, who at No. 2 became the presumptive favorite after Maria Sharapova was eliminated from play. Williams beat her opponent in straight sets, needing a tiebreak for the second set, to end the match 6-3,7-6. Williams hit a record-breaking 24th ace on the tiebreak to seal the win.
Williams will face No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland in the finals. Radwanska cruised past No. 8 Angelique Kerber in straight sets in the other semifinal match.
The last time Williams appeared in the Wimbledon finals was 2010. She won that year as well as the year before, two of her four tournament wins at Wimbledon.