Her way into the history books

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Wat­son went on to take a three-games-to-love lead, and even the most loyal of Wil­liams’ fans be­gan los­ing hope, be­liev­ing she was on her way out of the tour­na­ment.

But Wil­liams, renowned for dig­ging deep, pulled off the im­pos­si­ble.

She then went on a sen­sa­tional four-game win­ning streak. But when Wat­son broke her and took a five-games-to-four lead, hope again started fad­ing as the young Brit pre­pared to serve for the match.

When it got to deuce, it looked all over, un­til Wil­liams spec­tac­u­larly turned things around and won the match 6-2 4-6 7-5 to much dis­be­lief. Wil­liams went on to in­flict another de­feat – against Maria Shara­pova in the semis – to set up yesterday’s fi­nal show­down with promis­ing young Spa­niard Gar­biñe Mugu­ruza.

Some re­gard the con­test be­tween Wil­liams and Shara­pova as a ri­valry, but hav­ing beaten the Rus­sian for the 17th straight time on Thurs­day and col­lect­ing four times more grand slams, this can­not hon­estly be de­scribed as such. At 18-2, it’s a one-sided af­fair. By beat­ing Mugu­ruza 6-4 6-4, Wil­liams has now proven that she has no equal in the cur­rent Women’s Ten­nis As­so­ci­a­tion cir­cuit and, at the age of 33, her equals have long re­tired from the game.

She is now only left with the US Open to com­plete an in­cred­i­ble year and to match Graf in the grand slam stakes.

But at the pace Wil­liams is go­ing, she might just sur­pass even that record.

PHOTO: TOBY MELVILLE / REUTERS

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Maria Shara­pova of Rus­sia wipes her face in frus­tra­tion dur­ing her Wim­ble­don semi­fi­nal match against

Ser­ena Wil­liams of

the US

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