Serena Williams and the Hunt for the 126th Wimbledon Championship

Eric BrachCorrespondent IJuly 5, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05:  Serena Williams of the USA returns a shot during her Ladies' Singles semi final match against  Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on day ten of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Gerry Penny/Pool/Getty Images)
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In the early hours of the London afternoon, Serena Williams took to Centre Court with one goal in mind: to dispatch the top remaining seed Victoria Azarenka and play her way into her seventh Wimbledon final in women’s singles.

It didn’t take her very long to reach her goal.

In less time than it takes to watch most Hollywood movies, Williams had dispatched Azarenka in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6, setting up a match against Polish newcomer Agnieszka Radwanska, which is currently scheduled for this Saturday.

Though Williams was seeded lower entering the tournament, there’s no question that she’s the odds-on favorite to take home the title. Williams has won 27 Grand Slam tournaments – 13 in singles alone – over the course of her career (not to mention she has two Olympic gold medals).

Radwanska, for her part, has won zero. Her best singles finish in a Grand Slam has been the quarterfinals, and before Wimbledon she last reached that round at this year's Australian Open. The fact that she is making her Grand Slam finals debut against the veteran Serena Williams does not bode well for her chances.

There’s no question that Serena has plenty on her plate. With a doubles win over Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears, she and her longtime partner, sister Venus Williams, will play their way into the Wimbledon women’s doubles semifinals as well.

Nonetheless, she retains laser focus. After all, this will not be the first time that Serena will be going for the title in two events at the same time. Over the course of her career, Serena has won both a women’s singles and a women’s doubles title at a Grand Slam tournament on six separate occasions — and for each, she has paired with her sister Venus.