• Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova meet on Centre Court in semi-final
  • Williams is hoping to win her sixth Wimbledon singles title this summer
  • Sharapova’s solitary title victory at SW19 came in 2004
  • Winner will face Garbine Muguruza in the Wimbledon final
  • The 21-year-old Spaniard defeated Agnieszka Radawanska 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 
  • Jamie Murray is in action in the men’s doubles semi-final

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Maria Sharapova opens the match by serving and watches as Serena Williams fires out twice for 30-0.

But Serena hits back to level up, and despite returning out again forces deuce.

There the Sharapova collapses as consecutive double faults hand Williams a break in the opening game.

Williams wants to hear none of it – but she is on course to hold all four grand slams for the second time in her career.

Serena is also on course to win all the grand slams in one year, with Wimbledon and the US Open still on the to-do list.

Polite applause greets her and Sharapova as they make their way out on to Centre Court.

And it seems like only yesterday a 17-year-old Maria Sharapova stunned Serena Williams to win her first grand slam.

Incredibly the Russian hasn’t triumphed at SW19 since. We are past the searing heat this afternoon so hopefully this match will be just as entertaining as the Radwanska/Muguruza extravaganza.

For the record, Muguruza’s winning score over Radwanskawas 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Garbine Muguruza celebrates as she reaches her first Wimbledon final



At just 21-year-old, Garbine Muguruza has caused a minor upset to reach the Wimbledon final.

As for Radwanska, she looked furious after her coaching staff yelled at her to challenge a call mid-rally – which proved to be incorrect and lead to the match point.

Coming up next is the main event with Serena Williams taking on Maria Sharapova – the winner faces Muguruza and that is set to begin at just after 3.30pm.

Still the drama unfolded. The battling Radwanska grinded out a break point which was quickly snuffed out by a Muguruza smash volley.

The tension gets to Muguruza as a double fault brings up another break point, before a weak second serve only results in Radwanska striking the very top of the net.

After Radwanska’s team incorrectly made her challenge mid-rally, Muguruza then smashes her way into the Wimbledon final

It looked like a straightforward hold for Radwanska at 40-0 up, but the Pole’s serve collapsed as Muguruza forced deuce.

The Pole won’t concede defeat that easily though, eventually serving out. Muguruza now serves for a place in the Wimbledon final.

Radwanska no doubt wins the best point of the game following a net rally, but it’s Muguruza who wins the battle, holding to 30 as Radwanska now serves to stay in the match.

Now it gets interesting. Muguruza begins to attack the Radwanska serves and she is rewarded with two break points. Once again she is engaged in a long rally which ebbs and flows, but this time the Spaniard gets the break.

I don’t know if Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova is going to be a worthy follow up of this. The contrast of styles mixed with the change of flow in this match has made it a total thriller.

Muguruza’s attempted winners continue to look questionable as Radwanska forces deuce with another tasty winner.

Another deuce then follows after Muguruza’s ace is followed by an error, but the Spaniard serves out to hold.

Under the open roof, fans on Centre Court watch Radwanska take on Muguruza

When the rallies are played, it’s always Radwanska favourite to win – the Pole is at times sitting down when she is playing her shots, I don’t know how she does it.

More Muguruza erroes allow the Pole to hold to love.

A little fist pump, not a big one, but an encouraging clench of the fist nonetheless from Mugurzua who holds to 30 to take the lead in this third set.

It’s now Radwanska who will be asking questions of her own form as she prepares to serve.

What is going on in this match?! Muguruza out of nowhere has found form again.

The Spaniard races in to three break points, needing only the second as Radwanska returns out wide.

Garbine Muguruza of Spain returns a shot to Agnieszka Radwanska

Radwanska dominated another rally to bring up break point with a smash volley but a timely ace from Muguruza brought deuce.

But the Spaniard was soon in trouble with a wide backhand to concede another break point, before overhitting the baseline to lose a sixth game in a row. 

Stunning play from Radwanska who holds her nerve to claim the second of her two break points. What a final set we have coming up.

What a turnaround in this set! Radwanska looked lost at one point but presented with another break point, a baseline ends when Radwanska attacks a drop shot before smashing a volley. 

Radwanska now serves for the second set.

Agnieszka Radwanska stormed back in the second set to perform a double break

Three in a row now for Radwanska whose technical ability for once is starting to trump the power of Muguruza.

Radwanska’s accuracy and technique has to be one of the finest in the women’s game but her lack of power really does cost her at times, enough to prevent her from claiming a grand slam title.

There’s an expectant applause from the crowd as Radwanska takes a surprise 0-30 lead, but another big serve fails to be returned, before the Pole then finds the net for 30-30.

But Muguruza is not out of trouble, as she concedes her first break point before Radwanska takes full advantage to force an error and a timely break.

It’s not just Muguruza’s serves. Even her returns are far too powerful as she slams a forehand winner down the line.

Radwanska looks like she is running out of ideas, as the big returns help bring up deuce.

The Pole’s accuracy on forehand is keeping her in this though as she forces two errors to hold.

Agniezska Radwanska of Poland is at full stretch to return to Garbine Muguruza

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Radwanska holds serve to get on board in the second set but Muguruza’s serves are devasting at the moment as she holds to love for 3-1.

Spain’s Muguruza looks like she is heading for her first Grand Slam final. 

And she doesn’t look like she will be worried about taking on either Williams or Sharapova. 

The first game of the second set follows a similar pattern to the first. 

This set could be just as quick as the first if she continues to impress on Centre Court. 

1-0 Muguruza.

Muguruza, who is supposed to be the underdog in this semi-final clash, wins the first set 6-2. 

She has simply bullied her opponent throughout the opening set. Radwanska is struggling to cope with Muguruza’s dominance from the baseline. 

Muguruza looked like she was going to win the first set in just over 30 minutes, however Radwanska pulls it back after her opponent races into a 40-15 lead. 

The Spaniard came within inches of taking the first set but now has the chance to serve for the opening set. 

The highlight of the game sees Muguruza claim a point after winning a rally at the baseline.

Williams and Sharapova will be keeping a close eye on this game and will be impressed with Muguruza who takes a 5-1 lead.

 

Muguruza races into a 40-0 lead before Radwanska attempts to save face by claiming a point.

However Radwanska is soon 4-1 down as her failed return shot hits the net. 

The world No 13 looks flustered as she is struggling to get the better of her opponent. 

Andy Murray signs an autograph for a lucky fan

The power Muguruza gets into her volleys is frightening. Radwanka is trying to keep up with her pace and accuracy but is struggling to cope. 

Muguruza uses up one of her challenges as she claims one of her 105mph serves is in. Radwanska take a 30-15 lead before the Spaniard hits back by claiming the game with an ace. 

Radwanska shows her prowess at the net to pull a game back. 

She takes advantage before claiming the final point to make it 2-1. 

I know it’s early in the first set but Muguruza could cause an upset here. 

The Spaniard proves to be too strong for Radwanska when shes entices her opponent into a rally.

The opening game goes to Muguruza as she breaks her opponent. 

There were plenty of lengthy rallies but the Spaniard edges the opening game. 

The two outsiders for the women’s title go up against each other for a place in the final against either Williams or Sharapova. 

Muguruza (No 20) and Radwanska (No 13) have a superb opportunity to progress. 

STUART FRASER: Ever since Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova were pitted in the same half of the ladies’ singles draw two weeks ago, many have looked forward to the latest instalment of the most famous active rivalry on the women’s tour.

Yet, according to Williams’ coach Patrick Mouratoglou, the term ‘rivalry’ does not apply. It is a fair point when you consider that the world No 1 bids for a remarkable 17th consecutive win against Sharapova in the second of two semi-finals on Centre Court.

‘Rivalry in my opinion is when players are very close in terms of matches — 17-2 (Williams’ record against Sharapova) is not really a rivalry,’ Mouratoglou told Sportsmail.

Agree? Disagree? Have your say below or tweet me @Anthony_Hay and click HERE to read Patrick Mouratoglou’s full justification on his claims. 

Serena Williams shakes hands with Maria Sharapova

I think we are going to have a real classic on Centre Court today as Serena Williams faces Maria Sharapova on Centre Court. 

World No 1 Williams is just two games away from winning her 21st Grand Slam title. Her last championship win at Wimbledon came against Agnieszka Radwanska in 2012.

Sharapova has gone away from SW19 with the title on just one occasion. Ironically, her final win in 2004 came against none other than Serena Williams.    

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Serena Williams will be hoping to extend her 16-match winning run against rival Maria Sharapova when the two former Wimbledon champions go head to head on Centre Court.

Williams, who defeated Victoria Azarenka in the quarter-finals, is hoping to win her sixth Wimbledon title.

Sharapova, on the other hand, is hoping to add to her solitary Wimbledon title.

The Russian star’s Wimbledon championship win came against Williams back in 2004.

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