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Bite-sized Highlights from Day 10

Serena Williams serves during her semi-final match against Victoria Azarenka.
by Courtney Nguyen
Thursday 5 July 2012

Serena had no clue: In her semi-final win over Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams served a Wimbledon record 24 aces - besting the 23 she fired down in her fourth-round win over Zheng Jie - and the funny thing, she had no idea. In fact, Serena told reporters that she thought she had a sub-par serving day. "Actually during the match I thought I didn't serve well," she said. "I thought, `Gosh, I got to get more first serves in'. I don't think my first serve percentage was up there. It really didn't feel like I hit 24 aces at all. I honestly felt like I hit maybe 10." Even more hilarious, she served at 70 per cent for the match. If she considers that low then we're all in trouble. 

Streak snapped: Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci were riding a five-title, 26-match (tour level) win streak heading into their doubles quarter-final match against Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova. That streak is no more, as the Czech team ended their run 6-3, 6-4.

A double in doubles: You learn something new every day. Did you know that British doubles specialist Dominic Inglot served as Paul Bettany's tennis double in Wimbledon the movie? I certainly didn't. Unfortunately we won't get to see Dom show off his tennis skills for the rest of the tournament. He and mixed doubles partner Laura Robson fell to the team of Colin Fleming and Hsieh Su-Wei in the third round.

Score one for Poland: With Agnieszka Radwanksa's 6-3, 6-4 win over Angelique Kerber in the ladies' semi-final, Radwanska became the first Pole to make a Slam final since 1939 and the first Polish finalist at Wimbledon since 1937.

American powerhouse: After winning her singles semi-final match, Serena Williams was back on Centre Court a few hours later to play her doubles quarter-final with sister Venus. The Sisters Williams rolled, beating fellow Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-1, 6-1, to set up another All-American showdown with No.1 seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond.

Rules are rules: The players are permitted to practise wearing non-white clothing if they practise at Aorangi Park but it's an entirely different story on site. Victoria Azarenka was warming up on an outer court at the All England Club wearing a yellow shirt, and the Club graciously brought her a white shirt to change into in accordance with the rules.

Stat of the day5 - Games or tiebreaks ended on a Serena Williams ace.

She said: "I'm so happy to be playing. I'm so happy to be on the court. I feel like this is where I belong. I mean, maybe I don't belong in a relationship. Maybe I don't belong somewhere else. But I know for a fact I do belong on this tennis court." - Serena Williams on her comeback from illness and injury to make her seventh Wimbledon final.


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