Williams to face Radwanska in ladies final

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Updated: July 6, 2012

Four-time champion Serena Williams buried Victoria Azarenka under a record firestorm of 24 aces to reach her seventh Wimbledon final on Thursday.

The 30-year-old American claimed a 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) semifinal win and will on Saturday tackle third seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, the first Pole in a Grand Slam final in 73 years, aiming to claim her 14th major.

As well as a record 24 aces, beating her own best of 23 set against Zheng Jie in the third round, Williams also fired a whopping 45 winners.

She has now hit a total of 85 aces in the tournament.

Agnieszka Radwanska became the first Polish Grand Slam finalist for 73 years as the world No 3 cruised to a 6-3, 6-4 win over Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon semifinals on Thursday.

Radwanska’s first appearance in a Grand Slam final emulates the achievement of compatriot Jadwiga Jedrzejowska, who reached the French Championships final in 1939.

Radwanska deserved her moment of glory on Centre Court after a remarkably composed 70-minute display in her first major semifinal and she could yet leave London as both Wimbledon champion and the new world No 1.