Serena Williams on Tuesday advanced to the semifinals at Wimbledon where she’ll face Maria Sharapova, despite a valiant effort from No. 23-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. Williams dropped the first set to Azarenka, 3-6, but stormed back to win two straight sets, 6-2 and 6-3, and clinch the victory. Williams was particularly on her game during the match, Azarenka reportedly said afterward. “We just saw today why Serena is No. 1,” she remarked. “I haven’t seen her play like this, honestly, even in the last matches before that.” The 33-year-old Williams is making a bid for history. If she prevails at Wimbledon and then wins the U.S. Open later this summer, she will be the first since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win a calendar year Grand Slam.
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