Serena reaches Wimbledon finals
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) – After Serena Williams moved within a victory of her fourth Wimbledon championship and 13th Grand Slam title overall, she was asked to assess the woman she’ll face in Saturday’s final, little-known Vera Zvonareva of Russia.
“I don’t think she does anything terrible. I think that’s the best way to describe her game,” Williams said. “She does everything good.”
That’s a fair, if not necessarily charitable, scouting report. Minutes later came a follow-up: Is there anything Williams herself does “terrible” in tennis or in life?
She hemmed and hawed, then replied, “I don’t know. That’s a good question. I’m stumped.”
It’s difficult to find any flaws in Williams’ play right now. The No. 1-ranked American has won all 12 sets she’s played this fortnight, set a Wimbledon record with 80 aces in the tournament, and reached a third consecutive final at the All England Club by beating Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (5), 6-2 Thursday.
That must be a daunting prospect for the 21st-ranked Zvonareva, who eliminated Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 in Thursday’s other semifinal.
Zvonareva is the second-lowest-ranked woman to reach a Wimbledon final, had never gotten past the fourth round here, and will be playing in a title match for the first time in 30 Grand Slam tournaments.
“I always believe in myself. I don’t care about what everyone says,” said Zvonareva, who drapes a pink, yellow and blue Wimbledon towel over her head during changeovers to block distractions. “I know if I play my best tennis, I can beat anyone. … I never look at any odds or comparisons.”