x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

Serena downs Dementieva

Serena Williams recovers from match point down to beat Elena Dementieva 6-7, 7-5, 8-6 in a nail-biting semi-final at Wimbledon.

Serena Williams books her place in the women's final after saving match point against Elena Dementieva today.
Serena Williams books her place in the women's final after saving match point against Elena Dementieva today.

LONDON // Second seed Serena Williams recovered from match point down to beat the Russian fourth seed Elena Dementieva 6-7, 7-5, 8-6 in a nail-biting semi-final at Wimbledon today. In a tournament where spectacular tennis has been conspicuous by its absence from the women's draw, the two produced a semi-final worthy of the name with a riveting display of power-hitting from the baseline and wily court craft.

Serena fulfilled her part of the family bargain by reaching the final, where she might meet sister Venus for a fourth time should the champion beat top-seeded Russian Dinara Safina later today. "Elena played so well and we gave the crowd a wonderful match," Serena said in a courtside interview. Both players got off to a nervous start, each losing their opening service games, before the Russian became the first player to take a set off the American at the All England Club this year by winning the tiebreaker 7-4.

Serena levelled the match when a series of aces got her out of trouble when serving at 6-5 in the second before Dementieva, the Olympic singles champion, broke to lead 3-1 in the decider. The Russian missed match point when a slight netcord helped a Williams volley into play when the second seed served at 4-5. When asked about her thoughts as the Russian held a point for the match, Serena said: "I thought 'ace', okay it's my serve if I can just stay calm and try and think positive." The American then broke to lead 7-6 and duly held serve to book a place in her fifth final after a two hour and 49 minute thriller.

*Reuters