SF 1: Garbine Muguruza d. Agnieszka Radwanska
1) Radwanksa’s return to form:
Let’s face it, Radwanska is the David Ferrer of WTA. Surprisingly in recent years, Radwanska has been a familiar name in the second week of SW19. A former finalst here in 2013 (l. to Serena Williams), Radwanska has failed to make an impact in any of the tournaments she has entered in the past few months. It’ll be interesting to see if the consistent Pole can bounce back to her best after this defeat.
2) Muguruza’s power game:
Muguruza was a revelation in 2013. She created ripples by beating Serena Williams back then, but has failed to do justice to her potential as a possible Top 5 player. While no one expected her to make it this far at Wimbledon, all eyes are on her to see if the she can make the final leap.
— Garbiñe Muguruza (@GarbiMuguruza) July 9, 2015
SF 2 – Serena Williams d. Maria Sharapova
1) Sharapova’s lopsided H2H against Serena
While the pair have had some titanic tussles in their career, their meetings in recent years have been predictable and painful to watch. They have provided numerous one-dimensional encounters, with Serena dominating Masha with her big serve and huge return of second serve. In many ways, it’s comparable to the Federer-Nadal rivalry. Both players ludicrously talented but one of them fails to hold their nerve against the other.
2) The Serena Slam
Serena’s been here before and hence, it is only logical that she’s better at it than the last time she was here. History suggests that this is the stage where even the greatest champions falter. Nadal was here once at AO 2011 and Federer has been here several times before. It’s time to see if Serena’s any different from them.
3) The Serena Factor
Let’s face it – It’s been almost impossible to beat Serena in a grand slam final. However, the only semifinalist who has beaten Serena recently is Muguruza. This factor will play a major role in deciding the outcome of this tournament. If Serena does it yet again, she’ll have proven her case for the GOAT of WTA. Don’t expect Muguruza to go away easily though.