Serena enters Wimbledon semis

SERENA WILLIAMS banked on her superb serving to eliminate defending champion Petra Kvitova and reach the semifinals of Wimbledon.

The four-time champion hit 13 aces, including three in the last game, to beat the fourth-seeded Czech 6-3, 7-5.

Kvitova was on an 11-match winning streak at Wimbledon and had not lost in the event since Williams beat her in the 2010 semifinals en route to her fourth title.

The American four-time champion seized control by breaking Kvitova for a 4-2 lead in the first set and then never gave her opponent a chance to get back in the match. She saved a set point when trailing 5-4 in the second with a hard serve down the middle that Kvitova could return only into the net.

That was the only break point opportunity Kvitova got in the entire match as Williams won 86 percent of the points on her first serve.

Kvitova then led 30-0 in the next game but made four straight mistakes — including netting an easy forehand on break point — to give Williams the opening she needed.

Williams, who had a Wimbledon-record 23 aces in a fourth-round win over Zheng Jie of China, is trying to become the first woman over 30 to win a Grand Slam title since Martina Navratilova won Wimbledon in 1990. Noli S. Cruz

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