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16:50 - So Serena will face Russian 21st seed Vera Zvonareva in the final on Saturday afternoon
6-2 - WINNER! But Serena does book her place in a sixth Wimbledon final when her forehand catches the top of the tape and bounces just over the net which just, just beats Kvitova for pace
40-30 - The first goes begging when Serena hits an off-balance backhand wide down the line. And the second also goes astray when she sends a forehand long down the line
40-0 - Serena quickly sets up THREE MATCH POINTS when Kvitova's forehand return of serve drops long ...
5-2 - BREAK! Ouch! A double fault from Kvitova hands Serena another break point. Kvitova saves it after a stunning rally in which she had Serena on the defence but had to keep on going for about 10 strokes longer than she would normally expect to have to on account of Serena's extraordinary defensive skills. Serena gets another chance though when Kvitova's stretched backhand wide across court. And another double fault hands Serena the double break. She will serve for the match after the change of ends
4-2 - Kvitova slips on the baseline whilst leading 15-30 against the Williams serve. And it helps Serena to level up at 30-30. And, although Serena earns herself a game point, Kvitova goes on to level at deuce with a whipped forehand across court that Serena can only return into the net. But Serena quickly recovers with a great first serve that Kvitova can only return long and then holds when Kvitova hits into the net once again
3-2 - BREAK! Kvitova hands Serena the first break point of the second set when Kvitova sends an inside out backhand wide into the tramlines. And the Czech player dumps a forehand into the net to concede the break before dropping her racquet in disgust
2-2 - Serena also posts another love service hold. An ace down the centre of the court earn her three game points before she goes on to hold when Kvitova sends a forehand into the net while going for it down the line
1-2 - Kvitova holds once again to love to keep herself just in front in this second set, spinning a first serve straight down the centre of the court for her fifth ace of the day. Serena had a look at a different type of forehand from Kvitova in that game - a sliced forehand a la Tsvetana Pironkova - and it drew the error down the line from the world number one
1-1 - An anguished cry from Serena as she comes up with her second ace of the game to get herself out of a spot of bother at 30-30 before going on to hold and level up in this set. She looks far from comfortable out on Court despite having taken the first set
0-1 - Kvitova comes through a tough service hold from deuce with an ace and an unreturnable serve. Three game points came and went before that for the Czech player so she did well to hold on there
7-6 - SET! And this time Serena does grab the set with a heavy first serve down the centre of the court that the left-handed Kvitova can only return into the net
TB6-5 - Kvitova saves the first with a cracking first serve that Serena can only return wide and the second when Serena again hits an off-balance backhand wide across court. But the third will be on Serena's serve ...
TB6-3 - Kvitova gets another point when Serena hits a backhand into the net but the American goes on to earn herself three set points when Kvitova sends a forehand wide.
TB4-2 - Serena gets the mini-break when Kvitova sends a forehand long of the baseline and doubles it when the Czech player slaps another forehand error into the net. But Kvitova gets one of them back with a neat little forehand volley dinked just over the net before an ace out wide from the leftie ensures she is just the one mini-break down at the change of ends
6-6 - Yes, is the fairly emphatic answer as Kvitova holds to 15 with one of her barks of celebration. The Czech player forced Serena on to the defensive in that final rally eventually drawing the error off the American's backhand wing
6-5 - Serena holds once again to ensure the, at worst for this set ends on a tie-break, racing into the net and firing away a forehand winner down the line off a shorter ball. Can Kvitova hold her nerve once again and force the breaker?
5-5 - Full credit should go to Kvitova as she holds despite dropping the first point of the game. The world number 62 only dropped the first point of the game before going on to hold with a neat little forehand high volley dinked on to the baseline
5-4 - Serena holds to 30 with an ace down the centre of the court that just catches the very outside of the line (shown by a challenge from Kvitova) and now another test of the young Czech players nerve as she will have to step up and serve to stay in the set after the change of ends
4-4 - BREAK! Kvitova is just beginning to miss on some of her forehands now as she pulls a cross court forehand wide into the tramlines to hand Serena another break back point. And this time the world number one does break back as a Kvitova forehand down the line goes astray and instead hits the net post
3-4 - Serena holds to love to steady the ship and get her side of the scoreboard ticking over once again after losing three straight games. The buzz of excitement is rumbling round Centre Court now that they will get to see at the very least a great match and maybe even an upset!
2-4 - A first double fault from Kvitova hands Serena a first break back point. But an absolutely cracking second serve out wide sees Serena return long to squander the chance and the Czech player goes on to hold when Serena returns into the net once again!
2-3 - BREAK! Kvitova earns herself another break point as Serena sends a forehand long of the baseline after another cracking return from the Czech player. But Serena comes up with a forehand passing shot winner as Kvitova hesitated slightly whilst coming in to the net. But Kvitova earns herself a second chance after a fabulous backhand stop volley. And this time she does get it when Serena sends a forehand wide after a solid backhand return from Kvitova. Game on!
2-2 - A love service hold for Kvitova as she levels up once again when Serena sends a backhand return back into the net across court. A very impressive start from both players so far
2-1 - A much more comfortable service game this time around as she holds to 15 when Kvitova sends a double handed backhand across court
1-1 - Kvitova is also forced to save a break point in her opening service game but does so with another forehand winner before earning herself a game point with another forehand winner whipped across court and sealing the hold when Serena sent a forehand of her own wide across court
1-0 - Cleary not inhibited by her first Grand Slam semi-final Kvitova flashes a forehand return of serve across court for a winner before coming up with a second forehand winner to earn herself an early break point. But Serena recovers to come up with a couple of cracking first serves, both of which Kvitova can only return into the net, and she goes on to hold and get her match off to a winning start
0-0 - Righto, so the players are ready to go and it will be Serena to get things underway after she won the toss and opted to serve first ...
15:09 - But Serena Williams is a different prospect altogether as is the fact that Kvitova will be playing her first ever match on Centre Court. Her quarter-final against qualifier Kaia Kanepi was on Court 1 but Centre Court is another step up and that could play into Kvitova's nerves
15:08 - Kvitova, who had never won a match on grass in her entire career before this fortnight, has racked up some cracking wins. None more so than against 14th seed Victoria Azarenka and third seed Caroline Wozniacki, both of whom she took love sets off
15:08 - Serena hasn't dropped a set so far at this year's Wimbledon and hasn’t really been tested - although that has been to do with her formidable form rather than the quality of her opponents. When Serena is playing like this, no-one comes close to her. She has cruised past Michelle Larcher de Brito, Anna Chakvetadze, Dominika Cibulkova, Maria Sharapova and Li Na
15:06 - For Serena this match is obviously just another Grand Slam semi-final - a 20th Grand Slam final to be precise. For Kvitova though it's not only a first Grand Slam semi-final but also the first time the world number 62 has been past the fourth round of a Grand Slam
15:06 - These two have met each other just the once before with Serena unsurprisingly emerging the victor in straight sets at the Australian Open earlier this year
15:02 - Hello and welcome to LIVE coverage from this second women's semi-final clash between world number one and defending champion Serena Williams and unseeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic
|Date of Birth||26/09/1981|
|Date of Birth||08/03/1990|