Serena Williams is killing it at Wimbledon this year.
After beating her sister, Venus, in her 4th round at Wimbledon, the Grand Slam go-getter now defeats her longtime rival, Maria Sharapova, in straight sets (6-2, 6-4) during the semifinals.
William’s win over Sharapova marks her 17th consecutive victory over her world No. 4 Russian rival. At 17-years-old, Sharapova did beat Williams twice, but since then (2004) she has yet to defeat the tennis champion. Their head-to-head is now 18-2.
The No. 1 world tennis player is now set to face Spain’s No. 20, Garbiñe Muguruza, at the Wimbledon Grand Slam Final.
Williams has never won all four Grand Slams in one year, but she is well on her way for a 2015 victory, and she’s joyous about it.
“I’m really excited,” Williams told BBC after the match with Sharapova. “It’s been a long time since I’ve been this far at this tournament, so I’m excited to get through this match. When she stepped up her game I stepped up mine.”
If Williams wins on Saturday, she’ll complete the “Serena Slam” (winning four majors in a row). The player is a 20 Grand Slam winner, which is just two shy of Steffi Graf’s Open era record of 22. Graf is the last player to win a calendar Grand Slam, which was in 1988. The potential victory for Williams will result in some history making.
Even though these potential milestones are at play, Williams is staying focused on her finals match. Her opponent, Muguruza will be playing her first-ever Grand lam at the age of 21. Muguruza defeated Wimbledon finalist Agnieszka Radwanska
Although Williams has a great deal of experience over Muguruza, she still feels she will be tough competition, “It’s great for her and great for me…She actually has beaten be before. She had me on my toes. I just feel really good to be in another final.”