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Serena Williams v Victoria Azarenka
Wimbledon Championships
BBC 1, Centre Court (2nd Scheduled match)


(Max last 10 only)
13 May 2012 Mutua Madrilena Madrid Open, Clay, Williams 6-1 6-3
03 Sep 2011 US Open, Hard, Williams 6-1 7-6
14 Aug 2011 Rogers Cup, Hard, Williams 6-3 6-3
27 Jan 2010 Australian Open, Hard, Williams 6-4 6-7 6-2
30 Jun 2009 Wimbledon, Grass, Williams 6-2 6-3
04 Apr 2009 Sony Ericsson Open Miami, Hard Azarenka 6-3 6-1
26 Jan 2009 Australian Open, Hard, Williams 3-6 4-2 *Azarenka retired
18 Jan 2008 Australian Open, Hard, Williams 6-3 6-4

There must be something in the water at Wimbledon which brings the best out of the Williams sisters because, since 2000, Serena and Venus have won nine of the last 11 singles titles and have even faced each other in four different finals. Venus leads her younger sister by five titles to four but it is Serena who goes into today’s semi-final against Victoria Azarenka bidding to continue her march to equal her sibling’s record.

Williams has had mixed fortunes in the last couple of seasons as niggling injuries and off-court distractions threatened to derail the career of the 13-times Grand Slam champion. But she picked up her 40th and 41st career titles this year only to suffer bitter disappointment when she was knocked out in the first-round of the French Open when heavily fancied. So far she has been in mixed form at the All England Club, struggling against Jie Zheng and Yaroslava Shvedova, but then impressing when dispatching defending champion Petra Kvitkova in straight sets.

Unfortunately for Azarenka, Williams has won seven of their eight clashes, including knocking the Belarusian out of five Grand Slam events. Azarenka is ranked second in the world compared to Williams in sixth place and should be buoyed by having made her Grand Slam breakthrough by winning the Australian Open at the start of the year. She has also added another four titles to her CV this season but seemed to find it difficult on the clay over the last couple of months.

Azarenka is yet to drop a set here but will struggle with Williams’ powerful serve and groundstrokes. When Williams hits form in the latter stages here she is nearly impossible to beat and at around 1.62 she is worth lumping on.

RECOMMENDATION: (1-10 points)
Back Williams to win at around 1.62 on BETDAQ: 8 points

Wednesday: +3.00 points

JULY RETURN TO DATE: -13.00 points

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