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Rupert Wyman 2nd Jul 2010 - 14:33

Back-to-back Wimbledon titles beckon for Serena

Serena Williams is by far the greatest player in the women's game at this time and other than her sister Venus, no-one can get close to her at the greatest tournament of them all - Wimbledon.

Serena has already three Wimbledon titles to her name including last year when she defeated Venus in the final.

Therefore the challenge in this year's final - Vera Zvonareva, the 21st seed, should produce few problems for the world number one.

However, this year's championships have been full of shocks which resulted in just five seeds in the quarter-finals and only two of those were top-five seeds. Then in the semis there were just two seeds, the two finalists.

Nevertheless Serena's class is so great that she is yet to drop a set at SW19 this year as she simply overpowers her opponents and they can't live with her.

In this year's Wimbledon Serena has served a female record-high of 80 aces, beating the previous record that she set last year of 72.

She hit seven against Petra Kvitova in the semi-final alone and if her serve is on fire once again then Zvonareva can kiss her chances of a first Grand Slam title goodbye.

In the previous matches between the two players Serena holds the advantage 5-1. Interestingly though three of Serena's five victories have gone to three sets. However, two of these matches were on Serena's least favourite surface of clay.

Therefore in the final I fully expect Serena to win in straight sets at 4/9.

Zvonareva has claimed that reaching the final is "a dream". Admittedly it is her best ever performance in a Grand Slam but you get the impression that she is just happy to be in the final and that is not necessarily the best attitude to approach a match with the world number one.

Yes the Russian has fought back from last year's injury problems, was out-of-form in the four previous tournaments to Wimbledon plus she had not reached the second week at SW19 in six years so she definitely has reasons to be proud of her achievements so far, but surely she should go all-out for victory in the final and follow in the footsteps of French Open winner Francesca Schiavone?

May be I am reading too much in to a post-match interview but I do fear for the showpiece final turning into a one-sided affair and Serena romping home.

Especially as the American should be gunning for revenge after her and her sister were defeated by Zvonareva and Elena Vesnina in the quarter-finals of the ladies' doubles.

With this in the back of the mind and Centre Court feeling like a second home Serena should rather easily claim back-to-back Wimbledon titles, her fourth overall at SW19 and her second Grand Slam title of the year.



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