Serena Williams beats Azarenka in Olympic semis

Serena Williams beats Azarenka in Olympic semis

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 05: Serena Williams of the USA returns a shot during her Ladies' Singles semi final match against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus on day ten of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Gerry Penny/Pool/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on August 3, 2012 at 1:29 PM

WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Serena Williams clinched at least a silver medal Friday and earned a berth in the Olympic final when she beat No. 1-seeded Victoria Azarenka 6-1, 6-2.

On Saturday, Williams will face first-time Olympian Maria Sharapova, who beat Russian teammate Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-3 in the semifinals.

Williams has lost only 16 games through five rounds and has won 12 consecutive matches this summer at the All England Club, including her fifth Wimbledon title a month ago.

She teamed with sister Venus to win the gold medal in doubles in 2000 and 2008. They had a chance to clinch at least a silver in a semifinal later in the day.

Williams has won 14 Grand Slam singles championships, the most of any active woman.
 

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