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serena_williamsThe stage is set perfectly for legendary American Serena Williams to write another page in the history books as she will attempt to win the 21st Grand Slam title of her career and complete the 'Serena Slam' when she steps on Court on Saturday for the Wimbledon Ladies Singles Final.

In her semi-final encounter with 2004 champion Maria Sharapova today, Serena put in another dominating performance against the Russian diva, quelling her challenge in two very comfortable sets, 6-2, 6-4. Serena broke serve in the very first game of the match to make a statement on who is in-charge out on Centre Court, and a little over an hour later hammered home three aces as she served out the match without any drama.

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It was quite nearly a perfect set in the semi-finals of Wimbledon with the top 4 players in the world inching closer to their pre-anointed places in the men's draw only for veteran Frenchman Richard Gasquet to dig deep and produce a shock win against the reigning French Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka, beating him in a thrilling contest 11-9 in the fifth set.

It was business as usual for the big three in the meantime with local favourite Andy Murray opening proceedings on Centre Court with a routine 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 win against Canadian Vasek Pospisil. Pospisil looked leggy almost as soon as the match got underway, having come through three 5 set matches already in the tournament, and the added pressure of playing on tennis' most famous court against the leading Brit was too much for him to handle today.

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serena_williamsWomen's Quarter-final Day at Wimbledon provided more than it promised with the favourites advancing to their pre-anointed place in the final four, but not before being given a royal work out on Tuesday.

Serena Williams kept up her pursuit of re-enacting Steffi Graf's calendar Grand Slam of 1988 by battling past former world no.1 Victoria Azarenka in a thrilling contest on Centre Court. The world no.1, who has been made to work for her wins in recent matches by young Brit Heather Watson and elder sister Venus, was pushed to three sets by Azarenka, before prevailing 3-6, 6-2, 6-3.

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World no.1 Novak Djokovic completely a remarkable turnaround on Tuesday afternoon to keep his title defence at Wimbledon alive, overcoming the challenge of big serving South African Kevin Anderson in five highly competitive sets, 6-7 6-7 6-1 6-4 7-5.

After having dropped the opening two sets in tiebreaks yesterday, Djokovic battled back to win the next two before bad light brought an end to proceedings on Monday.

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Serena Williams stayed on course to winning the 'Calendar Grand Slam' by booking her place in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon with a routine 6-4, 6-3 against big sister Venus, also a five time champion here at SW19.

Venus was competitive for brief spells in the contest, but a break of serve in the fifth game of the opening set was enough for Serena to serve out rather comfortably, and a break in the 7th game of the second put the younger Williams in the drivers' seat. Serena broke serve once more for good measure when Venus served to stay in the match in the 9th game, and in a little over an hour, the battle between perhaps the two best grass court players of their generation was over.

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rafael_nadalTwo time Wimbledon champion Rafael Nadal's summer of discontent shows no sign of abating as the legendary clay-courter followed up his dismal outing on the red stuff at Roland Garros with an early second round exit on the green green grass of Wimbledon.

Nadal, a winner here in 2008 and 2010, was ranked a lowly 10th coming into the Championships, and looked nothing like the champion he once was, going down in four sets to German qualifier Dustin Brown, ranked outside the top 100.

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It was a day of mixed fortunes for the top women's tennis players in the world at Wimbledon with defending champion Petra Kvitova kicking off what traditionally used to be ladies day at Wimbledon.

Kvitova, a two-time champion at Wimbledon and widely regarded as the only person who can stop Serena Williams' quest for a Calendar Grand Slam, was in awesome form on her return to SW 19.

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