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Coming into Wimbledon, Serena Williams had been having a tough 2012. She injured herself at the Brisbane International, was defeated by Ekaterina Makarova in the fourth round of the Australian Open, and, most notably, imploded against Virginie Razzano in the first round of the French Open, the first opening round loss at a Grand Slam event in her career.
Williams hadn't won a Grand Slam event since 2010's Wimbledon, and many began to wonder if her recent health problems had affected her play and caused a hit on her confidence.
After her shocking Wimbledon loss, Lindsey Davenport said "I've never seen her tighter, I've never seen her choke more...It was like she just completely froze, and I don't think anyone's used to seeing, of all players, her freeze."
If Williams' struggles were due to a lack of confidence, her performance in the semifinals round at Wimbledon against Victoria Azarenka should leave her feeling on top of the world.
Williams demolished Azarenka 6-3, 7-6 (6), taking control of the match from the first game.
Williams, famous for having one of the best serves in the history of the women's game, broke her own Wimbledon record for most aces in a match with 24, one more than her old record of 23.
Azarenka had no answer for Williams' dominance in the first set, and though Azarenka made a spirited comeback attempt in the second set, Williams looked more determined than she has in a long time, and finished off Azarenka with three aces in the tiebreaker.
Williams' dominance in the semifinal has to leave her upcoming final opponent Agnieszka Radwanska nervous, as no one wants to face one of the Williams sisters on the grass at Wimbledon; Venus and Serena have combined to win nine of the last 12 women's singles titles at Wimbledon.
Radwanska is 0-2 in her career against Williams, most recently losing 4-6, 0-6 in the quarterfinals of the 2008 Wimbledon. Radwanska has come a long way since then, but with Williams brimming with confidence and in complete command of her serve, Radwanska has her hands full in the upcoming final.