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    *Williams 1-1 Strycova

    Martina Navratilova

    Nine-time Wimbledon singles champion on BBC TV

    That was also positive hitting from Serena Williams. She is going for it. They were just going wide or just going long. It’s better to over-hit than under-hit to get the nerves out.

  2. ‘Strycova a wildcard’

    *Williams 1-1 Strycova

    Former United States player Mary Carillo speaking on BBC Two earlier:

    “Serena seems only to want to play two-week tournaments now and that puts a lot of pressure on the majors that she enters.

    “I thought she would win the US Open and that didn’t happen, I still think she’ll win this one.

    “I like Barbora Strycova. They’ve played each other three times and Strycova still hasn’t taken a set from Serena.

    “Strycova is a bit of a wildcard in this situation. She has to hold and create tension early in the match.

    “I’m hoping for a very good semi-final.”

  3. Strycova holds

    *Williams 1-1 Strycova

    Williams slightly misjudges a forehand return and it lands wide. 30-0.

    Strycova goes for a serve and volley but it looks a bit shaky and zooms out.

    Williams glares at the line as the ball sails over it and drops out, then hits a backhand long and that’s a very straightforward hold for Strycova.

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    Williams 1-0 Strycova*

    Martina Navratilova

    Nine-time Wimbledon singles champion on BBC TV

    Strycova has got to mix it up – with spin, with placement, with speed.


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  6. Williams holds

    Williams 1-0 Strycova*

    Strycova is running all over the place and does well to get on the end of Williams’ smash. But the world number 10 brings this game of cat and mouse to an end and holds.

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    *Williams 0-0 Strycova

    Strycova stumbles, then hobbles a bit as she chases after a powerful Williams backhand. The American has had no trouble getting to 30-0.

    A double fault halts Williams’ progress, then she hits a backhand long. 30-30. Interesting.

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    *Williams 0-0 Strycova

    Tracy Austin

    Two-time Grand Slam champion on BBC TV

    A lot of it is going to come down to the serving of Serena. How will Strycova cope with it?

  9. Play begins

    *Williams 0-0 Strycova

    Here we go, then. Strycova does a few leg flicks as she heads for the baseline.

    But Williams takes her time, stopping to put a bit of cream on her hands first.

    The pair have met three times before, with Williams winning every time including in the first round at Wimbledon in 2012.

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    Tracy Austin

    Two-time Grand Slam champion on BBC TV

    It’s really important for Strycova to hang-on early in the match and not let Serena [Williams] take over.

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    Williams v Strycova

    Williams is chasing her 24th Grand Slam title and will equal Margaret Court’s record of major wins if she can win Wimbledon again.

    Ominously, the American declared after her quarter-final victory over Alison Riske that she is feeling the best she has since January after being troubled by injury in recent months.

    “This is the first time since Australia that I actually felt good,” said the 37-year-old.

    “It’s been a really, really long year for me already, and hard year, because I’m usually not typically injured.

    “I don’t know where I am. I do know I feel good. Now that I feel good, I can actually focus on training and technique and practice, something that I just literally haven’t been able to do a lot of.”

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    A graphic showing stats Williams v Strycova: Head-to-head=3-0. Career titles=72-2. World ranking=10-54

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    Martina Navratilova

    Nine-time Wimbledon singles champion on BBC TV

    Keep in mind that Strycova is the oldest women’s first time semi-finalist in the open era. She has been waiting a long time! So the pressure is on her for different reasons.

  14. Alicia Keys pays tribute to her ‘sister’ and inspiration Serena Williams

    Williams v Strycova

    Serena Williams has friends in high places.

    Here, singer Alicia Keys pays tribute to the tennis star for the BBC iPlayer series Legends, as part of BBC Sport’s Change the Game campaign.

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    Video caption: Serena Williams: Alicia Keys pays tribute to her ‘sister’ for BBC Legends series
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    Williams v Strycova

    The players step out onto a packed Centre Court – most people have made sure they’re back in time for the warm-up.

    A ball girl hovers around with a drink for Williams but she is in the zone. The ball girl leaves it on the floor and walks away. Smart move.

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    Williams v Strycova

    If you’re not familiar with Barbora Strycova, here’s the lowdown.

    At 33, the Czech is the oldest first-time Grand Slam women’s semi-finalist.

    Among her arsenal is an effective serve-and-volley game, honed in the most basic of ways.

    “I was playing at home against the wall, against the house, so I was kind of like playing with it,” she said.

    “I love to play volleys, especially on grass. It’s working very well. When I’m confident, I like to play a lot of balls from the net. It’s my territory.”

  17. ‘Tricky Strycova’

    Williams v Strycova

    Chris Evert

    18-time Grand Slam singles champion on BBC TV

    Strycova is a tricky player. She took Johanna Konta apart.

    She has a lot of tricks in her bag. Will it work against Serena Williams? We just don’t know.

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    Williams v Strycova

    Yep, seven-time Wimbledon singles champion Serena Williams is next out on Centre Court.

    She faces the unseeded Barbora Strycova, who says she will have no fear today. There is definitely no room for fear when you’re up against Williams on Centre Court.

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    Williams v Strycova

    So Simona Halep is into her first Wimbledon

    Up next, someone who is looking to make it to
    her 11th.

    You might have heard of her. Name rhymes with ‘Berena’.

    Serena Williams fist pumps

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