It took five tough match points, but the world's most talented tennis star eventually claimed her spot in the final.
Serena Willams and Victoria Azarenka battled it out on Centre Court at Wimbledon, and Azarenka was at Williams' mercy from the start.
Williams took the semifinals match 6-1, 6-2, in what was one of Williams' easiest matches of the 2012 Olympic tournament. The victory moves Williams to 9-1 in head-to-head matchups against Azarenka and 3-0 on grass.
Her other two wins on grass also came on the Wimbledon courts, as she is still yet to give up a set to Azarenka on grass.
Following the epic Juan Martin Del Potro and Roger Federer match, the 36-game, third-set win for the four-time Olympian Federer set the bar for the Williams-Azarenka match.
It surely was anything but topped in this women's semifinals match, but it was certainly a display of masterful tennis from Williams.
The first set was where things got going for the two-time doubles gold medalist. She was hitting the ball with power to each side of the court, and Azarenka committed eight unforced errors as a result.
Not to mention, Williams' service game was impeccable throughout. She held an 8-1 advantage in aces in the first set and an 11-3 edge in the match.
The key to the match was in Williams' accuracy and power in her second serve. Williams had a second-serve percentage of 100 in the victory. Add to the mix an 82 percent first-serve percentage, and it was outright impossible for Azarenka to compete in this one.
Talk about a jaw-dropping figure for the 14-time major winner.
Williams goes on to the final match of these Olympics, where she is set to face Maria Sharapova. The dominant Russian talent has lost just one set in the tournament, but Williams hasn't dropped a single one.
Undoubtedly, fans can expect a top-notch gold-medal match between Sharapova and Williams, as the two are easily the two most talented players in the women's game. But make no mistake about it, Williams will be the clear favorite to take home her first Olympic gold as an individual.
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