Maria through to Wimbledon semis

Maria is through to the semis of Wimbledon after a 6-3 6-7 6-2 win over Coco Vandeweghe of the United States. The match lasted two hours and 45 minutes on Centre Court.

The match was delayed by a short rain shower and when play started Maria got the first break to lead 3-1. Vandeweghe immediately got the break back in the next game but Maria resumed control of the set by breaking again to lead 4-2. Serving for the set at 5-3 40-30 on Maria’s second set point, Vandeweghe netted a backhand as Maria won the set 6-3 in 43 minutes.

In the second set, Maria got the first break in the third game. Serving for the set at 5-4, Maria was broken as the American levelled the set 5-5. Both players held their serves in the next two games and the set was decided in a tie-break which Vandeweghe won 7-3.

Maria re-grouped in the third set as she got an early break to lead 2-0 but was broken in the fifth game. In the next game. Maria got the advantage back as she broke again to lead 4-2. Maria then won the next two games to book her spot in her first Wimbledon semi-final since 2011.

In Thursday’s semi-final, Maria will play No.1 seed Serena Williams of the United States. Maria has played Williams nineteen times before and trails the series 2-17, here are the matches they have played against each other:
2004 Miami R4: Williams won 6-4 6-3
2004 Wimbledon Final: Maria won 6-1 6-4
2004 WTA Championships Final: Maria won 4-6 6-2 6-4
2005 Australian Open Semi-Final: Williams won 2-6 7-5 8-6
2007 Australian Open Final: Williams won 6-1 6-2
2007 Miami R4: Williams won 6-1 6-1
2008 Charleston Quarter-Final: Williams won 7-5 4-6 6-1
2010 Wimbledon R4: Williams won 7-6 6-4
2011 Stanford Quarter-Final: Williams won 6-1 6-3
2012 Madrid Quarter-Final: Williams won 6-1 6-3
2012 Olympics Final: Williams won 6-0 6-1
2012 WTA Championships Semi-final: Williams won 6-4 6-3
2013 Doha Semi-final: Williams won 6-3 6-2
2013 Miami Final: Williams won 4-6 6-3 6-0
2013 Madrid Final: Williams won 6-1 6-4
2013 French Open Final: Williams won 6-4 6-4
2014 Brisbane Semi-Final: Williams won 6-2 7-6
2014 Miami Semi-Final: Williams won 6-4 6-3
2015 Australian Open Final: Williams won 6-3 7-6