Williams eyes more SW19 glory
Serena Williams left the Centre Court crowd open-mouthed with a brutal dismantling of Victoria Azarenka, but was adamant that she had not actually performed that well.
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The 30-year-old was almost unplayable as she booked her place in a seventh Wimbledon final, crushing the second seed with an awesome display of serving and hitting from the baseline.
She sent down an All England Club record 24 aces and landed 45 winners as she left Azarenka squealing behind the baseline - a noise some members of the crowd unfairly reproduced throughout.
Nothing was going to put Williams - chasing a fifth Wimbledon title - off her stride, though, even if afterwards she was not entirely aware of how impressive her statistics were.
"During the match I thought I didn't serve that well," she said.
"I didn't think that my percentages were up there. I had no idea I had served that many aces. It didn't feel like it. During the match I was just thinking... I had no idea I had hit that many.
"I thought I hit maybe 10, but I was just going to serve well, play well and do the best I could."
When it was put to her that she was "slamming" her way around the Court, she replied: "I didn't realise I was slamming. Maybe I didn't play the same match that people saw. Maybe I need to watch the film. I didn't realise, I was just trying to do well."
Her final meeting with Agnieszka Radwanska will fall just a year after Williams made her return to the tour after a lengthy spell out with injury.
She cut her foot after standing on glass and a series of complications followed, and in her absence, many predicted that the era of dominance her and sister Venus had enjoyed was coming to an end.
The likes of Radwanska, Azarenka and defending champion Petra Kvitova were all expected to spearhead that movement but, if Williams can win on Saturday, she will have defeated all three in succession.
She is not willing to make too many predictions, though, and is just satisfied to be back playing at a high standard again.
"I'm very proud of getting this far and playing that well," she said.
"I'm just trying to do the best I can. It's been amazing this last year. I got to the final of the US Open after my injury and, a year ago I had just started playing again. This has all been really good and I am so grateful.
"I have so much appreciation for every moment on the court. I really take pride in playing, especially amazing moments like this. I just want to do the best I can."
Williams is now the unbackable favourite to lift a 14th grand slam title, while she and Venus are still alive in the doubles after they booked a semi-final berth just hours after Serena's triumph.
However, she knows she has a more than tricky opponent lying in wait for her if she is to add to her list of singles honours.
"She is really good at everything," Williams added of the Pole who, if she wins a maiden major trophy on Saturday, will be the new world number one.
"She has unbelievable hands and will chase down every ball. It will not be easy at all. She's already ranked ahead of me so I think it will be a really good match."
Azarenka also had doubles action to take care of after the match - she lost hers giving her a mirror image of Williams' day - and high on the agenda afterwards was the crowd's reaction to her on-court squeals.
She admitted she had heard, but was not too concerned, claiming herself to be used to the mocking.
"Why would it upset me?" she asked.
"People make such a big deal out of it, it's a little boring to read all the news. I think everybody does different kinds of noises. I have noticed it (the reaction) everywhere."
And, while Williams may not have been keen to talk up her serve, Azarenka had little doubt how lethal a weapon it had been.
She said: "You know, I don't see anybody else serving like this on the tour.
"But, you know, there is no point to sit and cry how unfortunate I was because she played great. I just have to give her all the credit because she did her job.
"I was just trying to get the ball back as many times as I could, but it wasn't enough today."