Wimbledon 2012: day 10 as it happened

Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska book their places in the women's final after straight sets victories.

5 July 2012 Last updated at 19:05

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  1. 1831:  

    That little Murray v Tsonga dust-up follows an epoch-defining Novak Djokovic v Roger Federer match up. The successor to Federer's own defeat of Pete Sampras back at the All England Club in 2001 perhaps? I look forward to having you back tomorrow, you wouldn't want to be anywhere else. Bye for now.

    Boris Becker , BBC Sport

    "Murray has had tough matches at Wimbledon. In the Baghdatis match he was against the clock and maybe something clicked and he started to play the right way to go all the way.

    "Ferrer is a tough competitor who makes you win a point three times over. But Murray raised his level the last two sets, played the best he's ever played, probably ever.

    "You have to play your best tennis when it matters most, I just feel like he's maturing in the right way. That's the sign of a champion."

  3. 1823:  

    Jo-Wilfried Tsonga knows a thing or two about the weight of a nation bearing down on your shoulders. The Frenchman flunked four match points against Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros last month. I reckon he is itching to beat Andy Murray to ensure he has a bit of company in therapy.

    "Tomorrow is going to be a big fight for sure and I have to get ready. I will not be player who most support in court but I will play game, try to be good and see what happens," he told Sue Barker in the BBC studio box.

  4. 1817:  

    Venus and Serena Williams will take on fellow Americans Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears next on Centre Court, but I don't think I would be alone in my thoughts turning to tomorrow and a matter of rather great national importance.

  5. 1810:  

    Colin Fleming and Su-Wei Hsieh wave to all four corners of Centre Court after Dominic Inglot's serve goes walkabout to allow them through in the second-set tie-break. The third seeds Nenad Zimonjic and Katerina Srebotnik are next for Fleming and Hsieh.


    Colin Fleming and Su-Wei Hsieh beats Dominic Inglot and Laura Robson 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-3)

  7. 1803:  

    Wonder how Rafael Nadal is spending tomorrow after his annual crushing of British hopes in the last four was derailed by Lukas Rosol way back in the second round? Well, judging by his Facebook page he is soaking up the Spanish sun poolside as he recuperates from the removal of his wisdom teeth. It looks like he is coping...

  8. 1756:  

    A big serve from Colin Fleming salvages a set and break point at 5-4 down against Laura Robson and Dominic Inglot. Inglot's block return floating harmlessly into the net. All square at 5-5. Lovely leisurely feeling on Centre Court as the sun keeps its death rays trained on the showpiece stage. It will be a lot different this time tomorrow when we will be deep in the throes of another Murray melodrama by my estimate.


    Sue via text on 81111: "Inglot was the double for the lead in the film Wimbledon."

    Good point Sue. My girlfriend developed a bit of a soft spot for the Paul Bettany over the course of that flick. I guess Inglot and his lunging winners probably share some of the blame for that.

  10. 1746:  

    Agnieszka Radwanska did her post-match press conference when Serena Williams was a set and a break up on Victoria Azarenka. Not sure how much the Pole saw of that display of that brutal baseline thumping, but she has been sharing her thoughts on facing the American.

    "It's always tough. She's a very tough opponent and hitting the ball very well," she said.

    Tough as old boot leather, I reckon.


    Rob Grant on Twitter: "Serena fired over a casual 24 aces against Azarenka - that's enough to win a set of aces."

  12. 1735:  

    All on serve in the second set out on Centre as well where Dominic Inglot and Laura Robson are at 2-2 against Colin Fleming and Su-Wei Hsieh.

  13. 1731:  

    Out on Court 12 those salty old dogs Mansour Behrami and Henri Leconte are taking on Pat Cash and Mark Woodforde. All on serve in the first set. The most notable thing so far, apart from the usual clowning routine which has got a little bit of an airing, is Leconte's bright white flat cap. Is this some sort of fashion entente cordial? I can't imagine it going down well at Donny dogs.

  14. 1723:  

    Top-seeded British golden oldies Sam Smith and Lucie Ahl have lost 6-4 6-2 to Iva Majoli and Natasha Zvereva in the ladies' invitational doubles.

  15. 1720:  

    Su-Wei Hsieh punches a fist into Colin Fleming's palm in celebration as they come out on top 7-3 in a first-set tie-break. Lots of smiles in the sun out there. It is how I imagine tennis back at its very start, when it was post-dinner party entertainment on the lawns of the English aristocracy.


    Dom Breslin on Twitter: "Federer vs Djokovic up 1st on Centre tomorrow at 1pm. Bit wrong IMO - biggest match should be last. #grandslamchampions #bbctennis."

  17. 1713:  

    Another Martina, this time Hingis is giving Old Father Time the run around out on Court Two. The 1997 champion is still only 31. I feel like I should spell that out like when a team scores seven on the vidiprinter. That is THIRTY-ONE. She and Lindsay Davenport have just beaten Helena Sukova and Andrea Temesvari 6-2 6-3.

  18. 1706:  

    Out on Centre Court, we are still all on serve with Colin Fleming and Su-Wei Hsieh leading Dominic Inglot and Laura Robson 6-5. Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotna have put away Conchita Martinez and Nathalie Tauziat 6-0 6-2 in the invitational doubles. One of our team are just back from Court 15 and reports that Navratilova still looks lean as a whippet and covers the court at a simlar speed. Give her a wildcard for next year I say...

  19. 1701:  

    Andy Murray has taken a bit of time out from that tennis malarky to knock out a column for the BBC Sport website. What is filling his evenings now the Euros have come to an end then? And which sporting celebrity hauled himself off his sick bed to take up his invitation to the Royal Box? The answers are all there...

  20. 1650:  

    The order of play from tomorrow has just emerged toasty warm off the referee's office's photocopier. First up on Cente Court tomorrow is Novak Djokovic against Roger Federer with Andy Murray's match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on second. Play to get under way at 13:00 BST.

  21. 1645:  

    Probably a good thing there is a bit of heat out there as well to help keep some of tennis legends limber. This is the time in the fortnight when they dig out the sweatbands and attempt to roll back the years in some invitational hit-and-giggle matches round the grounds. Jana Novotna had to excuse herself from 5 live commentary duties on the second of the ladies' semi-finals. She is playing alongside Martina Navratilova on Court 15 and they are leading Conchita Martinez and Nathalie Tauziat 6-0 3-1.

  22. 1639:  

    It is turning into an absolute pearler of an early evening around the grounds, sun blaring out the gigawatts up in the south-west London sky.

  23. 1636:  

    A quick change of text commentator as Mike Henson steps in for Ben Dirs in the hot seat. Out on Centre Court, there is a three-quarters (rather than all) British match up with Colin Fleming and Taiwan's Hsieh Su-Wei taking on Laura Robson and Dominic Inglot in the third round of the mixed doubles. Fleming and Hsieh has bagged the first game on serve.

  24. 1627:  

    BBC Sport's Rishi Persad is interviewing Serena Williams and is asking for your questions, via Twitter. Please send them in, the quirkier the better, via #askSerena (and @bbcrishi)


    Serena Williams, talking to BBC Sport: "I've been working so hard, I really wanted it. She was playing well and I got a little tight in the second set. I was looking too far in the future. I was so close, but I can't do that. I was happy to get through that second set tie-break."

    On facing Radwanska in the final: "She's doing unbelievable. She's playing so great. Wow, she's going to get every ball back."

    Jonathan Overend , BBC Radio 5 live commentator

    "If they had got to a final set, I would have been on Azarenka. That was a huge tie-break. I cannot see Agnieszka Radwanska getting anywhere near Serena now."

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    "Serena said she would have to raise her game 25-30% if she was going to reach the final and she did, if not more."


    From Dan Odlin on Twitter: "Be interested to see where Serena would rank in the men's game. Great serve but not agile enough to keep pace with the top guys."

    GAME, SET AND MATCH - Azarenka 3-6 6-7 (6-8) Williams

    ... ace Williams before Azarenka hands Williams match-point with a rather tame forehand into the net... can't take it, Williams making a couple of poor decisions, a drop-shot followed by a wild and windy attempted lob... Azarenko hands her another one, and this time it's on the Williams serve - Serena cocks the hammer for one last time before delivering a record 24th ace. The moral of that story? Don't push the door ajar and look into a room where Serena Williams is sitting - she won't think twice about throwing a mug of hot Bovril in your face.

    Azarenka 3-6 6-6 Williams

    ... Williams flexing the muscles, finishing that point off with a backhand down the line, before kissing the line with a forehand pass - rather a rough kiss, the kind you'd get outside Hollywoods nightclub at 3.30 in the morning. Azarenka makes it 5-4 with a dreamy cross-court forehand, followed by a couple of fist pumps, she's up for the cup...


    From Dimitris Tsaptsinos on Twitter: "Come on Victoria. You are a better tennis player. Serena is just a serve machine."

    Azarenka 3-6 6-6 Williams

    Azarenka with a hold, Williams hits back with a welter of aces... a net cord sends a Williams forehand wide for 2-2 and the American finds the net with a backhand return for 3-2 Azarenka...

    *Azarenka 3-6 6-6 Williams

    Williams serving to stay in the set... too big, too proud, Azarenka sticks her return wide... two more aces on the spin, despite Azarenka attempting to slow things down with some extravagant towelling down, and Williams takes the set into a breaker with another I can't even be bothered to write it...

    Azarenka 3-6 6-5 Williams*

    Azarenka pulls out her first ace, although she's a little bit late to the party, her opponent's almost out of bullets. But that's a chunky service game from the Belarusian, she's bang in this set at the moment.

    *Azarenka 3-6 5-5 Williams

    Azarenka floats a forehand long before buckling under the weight of another sledgehammer first serve. Serena tugs a backhand wide for 40-15 before Williams delivers another ace out wide...

    John McEnroe , BBC Sport

    "Azarenka's done a fabulous job to still be out on that court the way Serena Williams is playing. She sensed Serena in that one service game had got tight as she edged towards the Wimbledon final and she took advantage. She intensified her efforts and the crowd sensed it and she seems a bit more comfortable. She's done everything she could have done to see if Serena will blink here."

    Azarenka 3-6 5-4 Williams*

    Serena wraps her racquet round a forehand on the gallop and the ball dips and passes the hapless Azarenka. But the second seed hits back with a whipped forehand down the line and there are signs of wilting from Williams, that was a meek and mild backhand return into the middle of the net. Serena serving to stay in the set...


    Jeff Tarango on BBC Radio 5 Live: "You can talk about the business end of match, or set, but this is the business end of Wimbledon. It's the nitty gritty. How is the world number two going to handle the barrage that's coming her way?"


    From Jake, Oxted, via text on 81111: "I was going to say Williams' serve is like bringing a gun to a knife fight, but it's more like bringing a predator missile to a game of scrabble."

    *Azarenka 3-6 4-4 Williams

    New balls and they're being bullied, two aces for 18 in the match before a screamer of a backhand down the line. Do tennis balls bruise? Williams doinks a backhand long only for Azarenka to return the favour for a hold.


    Matthew, via text on 81111: "Have looked up definition of grunt as a low, short gutteral sound. Azarenka's utterances might more accurately be described as a howl, i.e. a long loud doleful cry uttered by an animal such as a dog or wolf. Should howling be banned?"

    Azarenka 3-6 4-3 Williams*

    Williams pinning Azarenka behind the baseline, before the Belarusian goes long for 15-30... unforced error from Williams, but Azarenka hands her a break-point with a framed forehand... Williams nets with a forehand return before getting the better of a baseline punch-up... but Azarenka saves again as Williams sprays a forehand wide, before Williams nets again... well-played Victoria, three break-points saved and she sneaks a lead in this second set.


    From Dom Breslin on Twitter: "Pretty frightening how well Serena is playing. Phenomenal power against a very good player in Azarenka. Fear for Radwanska."

    *Azarenka 3-6 3-3 Williams

    Azarenka peering through, the door slightly ajar at 15-30... ace... the door almost open now, Williams error hands the second seed a break-point... ace... Williams dunks a backhand long, door open again... Azarenka walks through it at last, Williams hoicking a forehand long. Bit of tension there from Williams as she begins to smell a seventh final.

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    "Because Serena's technique is so perfect she continues to come up with aces and unplayable serves."

    Azarenka 3-6 2-3 Williams*

    The TV pundits, McEnroe and Austin, urging Azarenka to go bigger, but it's like playing football against Spain - take risks, get hammered. Williams unfurls another crackerjack backhand down the line but she hands her rival break-point with an errant forehand. Game Azarenka, her head just above water...

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    "Azarenka is going to have to go bigger with her ground-strokes. She's worked hard on her sliced backhand so maybe she can throw that in a bit to disrupt Williams."

    *Azarenka 3-6 1-3 Williams

    The Serena serve running wild now, this one's a second serve ace down the middle. Williams with a roaster of a backhand winner before Azarenka yanks a backhand long for 40-15. Williams with a rare unforced error into the net and she follows up with a backhand into the tramlines. Another ace out wide... and another... someone stick a muzzle on that serve, it's rabid and dangerous...

    Azarenka 3-6 1-2 Williams*

    Big double-fault there, Azarenka's fourth, before the Belarusian sweeps a forehand winner down the line. Serena whipcracks a backhand down the line for 15-30 before the second seed nets with a backhand. Two break-points, and what a return that is, Serena marmalising a cross-court forehand that leaves her opponent clawing at thin air with well-manicured fingers...

    *Azarenka 3-6 1-1 Williams

    Azarenka with a lob that lands well long, she had time there as well, and Williams sends down a kicker that Azarenka can't keep under control. You have to say that's magnificent! Williams offers a target at the net and Azarenka puts her away with a double-fisted backhand pass. Another ace for 40-30 - a case of you punch me in the face and I'll kick you in the goolies - only for the American to yank a forehand wide for deuce. The first deuce on Williams's serve... another ace out wide, and Azarenka can't deal with the next one either, we stay with serve...

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    "The one thing you'll get from Azarenka is fight. She is so intense."

    John McEnroe , BBC Sport

    "Serena's might be the best set of serving I've ever seen in a women's match. It's scary how good it is."

    John McEnroe , BBC Sport

    "The hardest serve Victoria Azarenka has hit in the tournament was 108mph, that was in the first round. It seems like she is going to have to dig deeper and hit a little harder. Obviously the nerves in the semi-final inhibited her on the serve."

    Azarenka 3-6 1-0 Williams*

    Did I say Soviet Tiger tanks? Of course, I meant the Soviet T-34. Although, on reflection, comparing someone's serve to a World War Two tank probably makes no sense anyway. Sorry. Azarenka simply hasn't got enough heat on her first serve to trouble Williams to the same extent as Williams troubles her, but that one had wheels, and she needed that for 40-30. And another, Williams hoicking a backhand return long on the stretch...

    Jana Novotna , BBC Radio 5 live co-commentator

    "The record between the two speaks for itself. Azarenka has been troubled by the big serve. She's playing well but she doesn't have that extra something to beat Serena."

    *Azarenka 3-6 Williams

    Eight aces already but Williams finally blinks, handing Azarenka a point with an errant backhand. Another ace for set-point... first one saved, Azarenka stepping in and putting away a backhand winner, but Williams needs no second invitation. It's men against women out there, and I mean that in the nicest possible way.

    Jana Novotna , BBC Radio 5 live co-commentator

    "What a way to get that first break. Serena was so ready and anticipated the drop shot. Well done Serena."

    Azarenka 3-5 Williams*

    Trying to break Williams's serve must be rather like trying to build a replica medieval ship out of matchsticks while being hosed down with water cannon - got to keep that hand-eye coordination in the face of firepower that could take your face off. Williams carves out two break-points with a forehand winner and she takes the first of them - Azarenka with a telegraphed drop-shot and Williams is all over it like a tramp on chips, hunting it down and scooping a backhand down the line.

  59. 1503:  

    Serena Williams has won 100% of her points on first serve compared to Victoria Azarenka's 90%. Second serve - the figures are 60% and 38% respectively.

    *Azarenka 3-4 Williams

    Azarenka has got to do better with Serena's second serve, hooking that backhand return long, and Williams makes it 30-0 with a frothy cross-court forehand. Azarenka tries to get foxy with Williams at the net only to be outfoxed, Serena eventually bunting a forehand down the middle. Another howitzer to hold, all the women in all of women's tennis on court at the same time would struggle to tame the Williams serve at the moment.


    From Jon Hill on Twitter: "Not really sure who I want to win. Don't particularly want Serena to win, but I'm fed up with Azarenka wailing."

    Jana Novotna , BBC Radio 5 live co-commentator

    "That was an important hold for Azarenka. She held her nerve because Serena was really going for her shots."

    John McEnroe , BBC Sport

    "It's not only the quality of Serena's serve, it's the power. I would compare it with playing a Pete Sampras. Azarenka has not gone over 100mph yet, there's a 20mph difference. And it's quality, consistent, she doesn't double fault much and she mixes up her spins, so that allows her to take more risks on her returns and that puts more pressure on Azarenka."

    Azarenka 3-3 Williams*

    Azarenka with a double-fault, looks like that sun might be a factor down at the non-Royal Box end. Williams makes it 15-15 as McEnroe makes a very good point on the TV, pointing out that the top women can far more easily earn more money than the top men at Grand Slams nowadays because it's far easier for them to play in the doubles. Men's doubles, of course, is also five sets, rather than three. Williams finds the net with a forehand return but deuces up the game with a backhand down the line. Williams is teeing off with her returns now but that's nice by Azarenka, making the most of a net cord by shovelling a backhand down the line. More savagery from Serena, backhand down the line for deuce, before the American sprays a forehand miles long. Azarenka hanging in there, forehand winner to hold.

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    "The key for Serena is the movement. She has seemed so sluggish but she seems quick off the mark today."


    From JohninSpain on Twitter: "C'mon #BBCTennis, there must be a high frequency audio filter to eradicate that high pitched wailing noise on Centre Court at #Wimbledon?"


    From JCS, Farnborough, Hants, via text on 81111: "I love the way Serena looks at Azarenka. Its like she's saying 'I won't be intimidated by your grunt!'"

    *Azarenka 2-3 Williams

    Bit windy up there, Serena not happy with her toss, but there's another ace down the middle, an away-swinger that would have been miles too good for a lower-order batsman. Williams in the groove, stepping in and putting away a drive-volley, Azarenka being hosed off the court on her opponent's serve.

    Jana Novotna , BBC Radio 5 live co-commentator

    "Serving well is going to be so important. It's going to be very, very hard to get a break."

    Azarenka 2-2 Williams*

    The last meeting between these two was on the blue clay of Madrid, where Williams won in two sets. But who cares about blue clay, that's like losing a football match played on plasticine. Serena moving well but Azarenka's serving well, too, Williams plonking a forehand return long. Azarenka holding her own in terms of baseline rallies, Williams yanking a forehand wide for 40-15, but that's crackerjack from Williams, a backhand return that should be locked up for brutality. But that's a hold...

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    "Azarenka hits the cross-court backhand so well it's her best shot, it opens the court up."

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    "Azarenka's coach since 2010 has been a critical factor in getting her under control emotionally on court."

    *Azarenka 1-2 Williams

    Williams with her 63rd ace of this tournament... followed by her 64th... followed by her 65th... take cover, Serena's lobbing grenades...

    Azarenka 1-1 Williams*

    Williams's serve was always going to be the key weapon in this match, in fact you might say Williams's serve is to the women's tournament what the Soviet Tiger 1 was to World War Two - if it goes right, everyone else is rubbered. But that's a straightforward hold for Azarenka, the Belarusian with a foothold.

    *Azarenka 0-1 Williams

    It's Williams to serve first. The American fires a backhand into the net for 15-30 before leaving Azarenka rooted with a cross-court backhand before heaving a forehand down the line. Some titters in the crowd, presumably on account of Azarenka's grunting, a long, drawn-out spooky old thing that sounds like the haunting call of a rather camp ghost. Williams seals that game with an ace...

  76. 1436:  

    Should Azarenka win, she would be the first Belarusian to reach a Wimbledon singles final. She's in fine fettle, having won four titles this year, including, of course, the Australian Open. Let's have some.

  77. 1433:  

    Williams leads second seed Azarenka 7-1 in head-to-heads and the four-time champion beat the Belarusian in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2009. This is Williams' eighth Wimbledon semi and she is bidding to reach her seventh final.

  78. 1427:  

    Righto, we've had the arts and crafts, it's time for some hardcore crash, bang, wallop - Serena Williams versus Victoria Azarenka, on court now. Azarenka with her hood up, headphones in, dancing about, more like a middleweight than a tennis player. I fancy her to take this one...


    Agnieszka Radwanska: "I'm so happy. I really played very good today. I had a tough quarter-final and it was good to have a day off and rest because it's always tough against Angie. We both were a bit nervous at the beginning, of course. You really want to try your best but sometimes you want it too much and your hands are shaking about, but after that I concentrated on every point.

    "We are really good friends, of course, but on court we're opponents and you're trying everything to make the final. I had my coach here, my family, my friends. There is one match to go so I'm really going to try my best."

  80. 1422:  

    Not much emotion from Radwanska, barely even a smile, she has the bearing of somebody who has just read something vaguely amusing on Twitter. I like her style, but I'm not sure she's got the weapons to compete against Serena or Azarenka in the final - it could be a case of the tank against the epee.

    GAME, SET AND MATCH - Kerber 3-6 4-6 Radwanska

    When the fat lady is singing, Kerber will still be swinging - backhand winner from behind the baseline, that's a doozy. But that's a great point from Radwanska, Kerber eventually crumpling under an avalanche of groundstrokes. Kerber misses with a forehand to hand the Pole match-point and she only needs one of them, Kerber buckling again. A little skip of celebration, beguilingly understated, and we have a Polish woman into a Grand Slam final for the first time since 1937.

    Kerber 3-6 4-5 Radwanska*

    Kerber shaves the baseline with her second forehand winner of the game, the German's not going to die wondering. She can't deal with that forehand from Radwanska but at least makes the Pole serve for the match courtesy of a beefy serve of her own.

    Lindsay Davenport , BBC Sport

    "The backbone of Radwanska is her consistency. The problem is a lack of a finishing shot. There is no big serve, no powerful forehand or great backhand, she just does everything consistently well. When she plays the players that have these big shots - Serena, Sharapova - she doesn't match them in the big matches. You need a bit more offence to win a Grand Slam title, especially at Wimbledon."

    *Kerber 3-6 3-5 Radwanska

    ... Kerber being twisted this way and that as if in a wind tunnel, Radwanska moving to within a game of the final with another swept cross-court forehand winner...

    Kerber 3-6 3-4 Radwanska*

    Radwanska bullying Kerber now, the Pole really buzzing out there, and here she is stalking the net and putting away a rock-solid smash. But Kerber hits her way back into a 40-15 lead, only for Radwanska to skim the line with a forehand winner. Not sure I like the demeanour of Kerber's coach - with his girl hanging over the precipice, he looks like he'd rather stand on her fingers than offer her his hand. That said, it's a hold...

    *Kerber 3-6 2-4 Radwanska

    Radwanska remains on course to be the first Pole to reach a Grand Slam final since Jadwiga Jedrzejowska in 1937. She lost the final to Britain's Dorothy Round. Kerber, gazelle-like into the net before putting away a whipped cross-court winner. But she should have won the next point and didn't, Radwanska reading her like a book, seeing the cross-court forehand and putting away the backhand winner. Deary me, it all goes a little bit municipal for a minute, Kerber reduced to patting a forehand into the air during that rally before Radwanska sprays a backhand long. Break-point... saved, Kerber hooking a forehand return long... ballsy shot from Radwanska, drive-volley down the line, and that's a hold as Kerber finds the net with a backhand. Kerber might not be long for this Wimbledon...

    Kerber 3-6 2-3 Radwanska*

    Kerber blobs a rather tame forehand into the net before Radwanska knifes a backhand into the net. Bit of an iffy game this, both players incontinent with unforced errors, and now Kerber goes wide with a backhand. Kerber looking to shorten the points but if they go deep, Radwanska is more likely to win them... break, Kerber into the net with a forehand again...

    *Kerber 3-6 2-2 Radwanska

    Radwanska doesn't miss with that drive-volley, 15-0, and Kerber hooks a backhand wide for 30-0. Fine serve out wide from the Pole, the third seed levelling things up...

    Lindsay Davenport , BBC Sport

    "It wasn't a horrible set for Kerber, she needs to be more patient before going for her shots. Work the point, she's going to get a chance to go for her offensive shots but you've got to pick the right one against Radwanska, that's the key."


    From Ros Clarke on : "Hope Radwanska wins. I still haven't forgiven Kerber for beating the lovely Sabine Lisicki."

    Kerber 3-6 2-1 Radwanska*

    Kerber has got too much heat on her serve at the moment, moving into a 30-0 lead, but she misses with that forehand for 30-15. But that's better, a backhand down the line that leaves Radwanska rooted, and the German wraps things up behind another first serve brimming with heft.

    *Kerber 3-6 1-1 Radwanska

    Radwanska into a 30-15 lead as Kerber nets with a backhand before the German is unable to hunt down a Radwanska drop-shot. Radwanska has got this game by the lapels at the moment, that game finished off with yet another perfectly executed drive-volley.

    Kerber 3-6 1-0 Radwanska*

    Kerber has got her mind back in whack after that little break and she races through that service game to love. The third last man beaten by a Briton in a Wimbledon semi-final, Torgen Fingst, is still serving a prison term for slaughtering a field of cows with a hammer. Not really, I just made him up. Actually, it was Don Budge, and he lived to a grand old age of 84.


    From Tasha Allery on Twitter: "Rooting for a Radwanska/Azarenka final, but Kerber's looking strong."

    Lindsay Davenport , BBC Sport

    "She's got to take some risks, Kerber. That might mean more unforced errors but she has the ability to step in and hit winners off the ground. The longer these baseline rallies go, the more that plays into Radwanska's favour. She'll move the ball around and she is starting to find her range."


    From Chris on Twitter: "I wish this was the final - classic tennis, rather than the usual scream & thump (see semi-final 2)."

    GAME AND FIRST SET - *Kerber 3-6 Radwanska

    Radwanska serving for the set. That second serve sits up like a lollipop and Kerber is all over it, whistling a forehand down the line. Kerber makes it 15-30 with some neat work at the net but Radwanska hits back with some more clever all-court work, finished off with a forehand down the line. Radwanska puts away a drive-volley for set-point before wrapping it up with an ace. That set turned in a flash - Kerber was buzzing but Radwanska, after a slow start, was swarming her at the end.

    Kerber 3-5 Radwanska*

    Another break-point for Radwanska and again she snaps Kerber's arm off, the German making a few too many mistakes and that's three successive games for the Pole. While the last man to be beaten by a Briton in the men's semi-finals died at the Battle of Stalingrad, the second-last man beaten by a Briton in a Wimbledon semi-final, Gottfried von Cramm, died in a car crash in Cairo when his car collided with a truck. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - are you reading this?

    *Kerber 3-4 Radwanska

    A women's tennis match for the purists, this one - grunting at a premium and plenty of subtlety on display. Radwanska glides across the grass as if on skates - grass skates - and here she is floating into the net and putting away a forehand pass. But that's not too clever, a rather wooden forehand volley into the old onion bag. Break-point Kerber as Radwanska flays a forehand into the tramlines but the Pole saves courtesy of a backhand down the line. Careless from Kerber, tugging a forehand wide, before going long with a forehand return. Good contest.

    Kerber 3-3 Radwanska*

    Kerber piling into that backhand, that's a brute, straight down the line. A dainty forehand drop-shot by Radwanska, as if she's netting a butterfly in a meadow, catches the net cord and dies on Kerber's side. Well-worked by Radwanska, a forehand pass that gives her a break-back point... takes it, Kerber netting with a forehand...

    *Kerber 3-2 Radwanska

    Dangerous name for a live text commentator, Radwanska, we've got someone specifically on rota to spot any potentially scandalous mistakes. Kerber with just a touch more power than Radwanska on groundstrokes and it's telling, Radwanska buckling there as she plops a forehand into the net. Kerber steers a backhand wide, settler for Radwanska.

    Kerber 3-1 Radwanska*

    It hasn't escaped my attention that there is much ill-will towards Andy Murray in what I am told is called the 'Twittersphere', which makes me a little bit sad. Why can't we all just get along? Kerber races into a 40-0 lead behind some well-directed serves and finally takes it to 15 as Radwanska hooks a backhand wide. Kerber with both hands and feet on the cliff face, Radwanska still struggling to get a foothold.


    From Matt Brown on Twitter: "Will Angelique's power overcome Agnieszka's guile or will Radwanska be able to Kerb-er? I'll get my coat."

    Lindsay Davenport , BBC Sport

    "This match will be a stark contrast to the other semi-final. A lot more pace on the court. A lot more grunting as well. The other two are more demonstrative with their emotions and their tennis, these two just get the job done."

    *Kerber 2-1 Radwanska

    Radwanska not the flariest of players, her thing is solidity and keeping the ball in play. Ace from the Pole but Kerber makes it 30-30 as Radwanska nets with a forehand. That's a well-worked point by Kerber, moving Radwanska hither and tither before hunting down a short one and dispatching the forehand winner. Drop-shot wide, Kerber nicks a break...

    Kerber 1-1 Radwanska*

    Kerber, a southpaw, getting that sneaky lefty serve going and the German seals an easy hold to love with a peach of a backhand winner, cross-court. Blink and you'll miss it thus far.

    *Kerber 0-1 Radwanska

    Radwanska opens up her span and puts away a fanned forehand before Kerber nets with a backhand. Solid first serve from the Pole, Kerber puts her return long, safe as houses hold.

  108. 1308:  

    Players knocking up on Centre Court now, Radwanska and Kerber both standing 5ft 8in, not giants by any means, at least in modern tennis terms. Radwanska has had rather a gilded route into the last four, mainly lower-ranked players strewn in her wake, Kerber should prove sterner, test-wise. Let's have it.

  109. 1303:  

    Tom Fordyce arrives in the commentary box with news that tickets for Murray's semi-final are going for "a monkey" at least and that an awful lot of touts are called Stan. In order to ward off a spate of simian robbery, I should stress that "a monkey" is cockney parlance for 500 pounds.

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    On Agnieszka Radwanska: "She struggled in the past because she lacked power but she's so consistent. She reminds me a little bit of Martina Hingis, she doesn't overpower her opponents, she picks them apart."

    Tracy Austin , BBC Sport

    On Angelique Kerber: "It's tough to explain [her rise]. Maybe she's got fitter, maybe it's more experience. She's got more confidence. She's a phenomenal player, she's got a big first serve, the second serve is a bit more attackable. Maybe Radwanska will try to bring her in with drop shots. She rarely makes an error, she's so stingy. She's shown her mental toughness here."

  112. 1257:  

    I wondered why I couldn't see that pied wagtail with my own eyes, it was on Court One. Stand by for a men's doubles quarter-final on One, the unseeded Lipsky and Ram versus Bryan and Bryan, the second seeds.


    Germany's Angelique Kerber, on rising from world number 92 to eighth seed: "I've worked very hard on my fitness and right now I'm one of the top players and that is an unbelievable feeling."

  114. 1252:  

    We have a pied wagtail on Centre, lovely stuff. This is a slender bird, 16.5-19 cm (6½-7½ in) in length (East Asian subspecies are longer, to 21 cm (8¼ in), with the characteristic long, constantly wagging tail of its genus. The nominate subspecies Motacilla alba alba is basically grey above and white below, with a white face, black cap and black throat.

    Lindsay Davenport , BBC Sport

    On Serena: "It is definitely harder to win when you're older, physically and mentally. You get more nervous as you get older."

  116. 1249:  

    Centre Court slowly filling up, players expected in about 15 minutes. I can see 1999 champion Lindsay Davenport from my vantage point - let it be known she is a nice lady, I spoke to her only the other day.

  117. 1236:  

    Kerber has won two titles so far this year, in Paris and Copenhagen, while the 23-year-old Radwanska has won three, in Dubai, Miami and Brussels. I guess what I'm getting at is they're very much in-form players and this semi-final match-up isn't really too much of a surprise.

  118. 1227:  

    Radwanska can claim the number one ranking this week, but only if she defeats Serena Williams in the final. The Pole is making her Grand Slam semi-final debut having previously made five quarter-finals, two of them at Wimbledon (2008 and 2009). Radwanska is Poland's first Grand Slam semi-finalist of the Open Era.

  119. 1221:  

    Getting excited about Andy Murray's semi-final against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga tomorrow? Prepare to be more excited: the last British male to win a Wimbledon semi-final was Bunny Austin in 1938 and the man he beat, Germany's Henner Henkel, died at the Battle of Stalingrad in 1942. Presumably it puts tennis into some kind of perspective when you're being strafed by Soviet snipers.

  120. 1206:  

    "Who is Angelique Kerber?" says a man over my shoulder. She is the eighth seed from Germany and you may remember that she was beaten in the first round last year by Britain's Laura Robson. She's 24 and today will be her second Grand Slam semi-final after she reached the last four in New York in 2011. Beat Radwanska today and she would be the first German woman into a major final since Steffi Graf, who was the runner-up at Wimbledon in 1999.

  121. 1201:  

    What news of the weather at SW19? Here's is an email from BBC weatherman Simon King: "After a cloudy and wet morning at Wimbledon, things should gradually improve this afternoon. Showery rain will clear to the northeast and there'll be some good dry spells throughout and the cloud will thin and give some brighter spells. However, the odd shower can't be completely ruled out, giving brief interruptions to play on the outside courts. That shower risk is likely to increase into the evening hours. Feeling rather warm and muggy with a top temperature of around 19C."

  122. 1200:  

    Often is the time I sit upon the carpet and wonder what I'm doing with my life: writing about women hitting green balls over a net in pursuit of a silver dish. And then I conclude: might as well, otherwise I'd have to read about it instead. This is women's semi-finals day: first on Centre Court, Germany's Angelique Kerber versus third seed Agnieszka Radwanska, followed by second seed Victoria Azarenka versus four-time champion Serena Williams. Join me.

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