For the first time since 2006, the top four seeds in the ladies' draw have made the semifinals at Wimbledon.
In the top half, top seed and World No. 1 Dinara Safina will battle 5-time defending champ Venus Williams after the Russian escaped a messy quarterfinal against unseeded German Sabine Lisicki. Dina hit 15 double faults and 38 unforced errors in her 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-1 win. We're talking F-UGLY. On the other hand, it was smooth sailing for third seeded V who crushed tricky Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-1, 6-2 hitting 5 aces and 29 winners against only 6 for her opponent.
In the bottom half, second seeded Serena Williams and fourth seeded Elena Dementieva will play a rematch of their Aussie Open semifinal slugfest which the American won on her way to a 10th major. Both ladies moved through with relative ease: ReRe dismantled rising Belarussian Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-3 while Lena swept by Italian Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-2.
Now, while I picked 3 out of the 4 semifinalist correctly in my preview (though Dina got through instead of Caroline Wozniacki), I still see an all-Williams final this Saturday. But I wouldn't be surprised if ReRe struggled with the play of Lena since she's been playing really well and getting through under the radar.
But in the end, the sisters will compete in a second consecutive (and fourth overall) Wimby final!
Rich Rodriguez writes the tennis blog Down the Line!