The American presence was strong this Wimbledon, with three different American women going into today’s quarterfinals. Coco Vandeweghe took on Maria Sharapova, Madison Keys challenged Agnieszka Radwanska, and Serena Williams faced off against Victoria Azarenka. While every match went to three sets, only Serena Williams remains standing.
Serena Williams proved again just how tough she is. After losing the first set to Azarenka, she buckled down and took the next two sets handily. She looks in good form going into her semifinals match, but she still struggles to dial in at the beginning of the match. Will her semifinals opponent Sharapova be the first to successfully take advantage of Serena’s shaky starts?
Coco Vandeweghe did some impressive work here at Wimbledon. She raised her game to the daunting challenge that was her Wimbledon draw, disposing multiple seeded players, one of them even being the #6 seed and French Open finalist Lucie Safarova. Walking out with Sharapova for this quarterfinal didn’t seem to faze her either. After losing the first set 6-3, Vandeweghe battled back and won the second set in a tie breaker. She came back from 3-0 in the third and even held few break points. She unfortunately wasn’t able to solidify any of them, and Sharapova ran away with the third set. The two hour and 45 minute match involved great tennis and even a little sportsmanship tension. Sharapova is set to face Serena in the semifinals.
Madison Keys also had a great run this tournament. After Eugenie Bouchard’s early exit, Keys took advantage of her open draw and found herself in the quarterfinals against Radwanska today. The two of them played a tight first set, with Radwanska clinching the tie breaker. The next two sets were just as close, each just one break. Keys took the second, but Radwanska broke for the third and the match. She will play Garbine Muguruza in the semifinals.