Williams sisters, Safina, Dementieva in Wimbledon 2009 semifinals

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Semifinal pairs are set at Wimbledon: twice defending champion Venus Williams will play top seed Dinara Safina, while last year’s finalist Serena Williams will face Elena Dementieva.

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams wasted little time in defeating 11th seed Agnieszka Radwanska. Williams raced to a 5-0 lead in 18 minutes and won the first set in just 27 minutes. Radwanska was coping better at the start of the second set and even got to 0-40 in game two, before converting her first chance to break. However, the third-seeded Williams wasn’t really threatened and broke two times in a row to get to 5-2 and soon after she sealed a 6-1 6-2 victory.

World number one Dinara Safina, who is not a fan of grass and has never before went further than the third round at Wimbledon, came back from a set down to overcome unseeded Sabine Lisicki 6-7(5) 6-4 6-1, the winner over ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki in the fourth round. Safina remained on course for a first Grand Slam title, despite her unconvincing game and 15 double faults.

Fourth seed Elena Dementieva crushed Francesca Schiavone 6-2 6-2 and advanced to the Wimbledon semifinal for the second year in a row. The last to join the semifinalist was second seed Serena Williams who beat eighth seed Victoria Azarenka 6-2 6-3.

It’s the first time since 2006 that all four top seeded players reached the semifinals.


  1. I watched Safina’s match against Lisicki. I think Safina’s serve is still her biggest problem. She can’t serve like that if she is about to play Williams.

    But, I pray for Safina’s victory. 😀

  2. I think its inevitable that we’re going to see Serena and Venus in the final again, but I think this time it will be Serena who wins. I saw her match today and she looked almost unbeatable for most of the match. It would take something unbelievable to happen for Safina to defeat Venus and for Dementieva to beat Serena.

  3. venus and serena are the two best players in th eworld and such the will not encounter any problem getting in the finals.


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