No. 1 Serena Williams is into her third straight Wimbledon semifinal with a deceptively easy 7-5, 6-3 win over No. 9 Li Na.
Serena earned her first break of the second set from a very loose service game by Li in the fifth game of the set, breaking her at 15 for a 3-2 lead courtesy of an unforced forehand error by Li that found the middle of the net.
Serena got an insurance break just two games later, gaining a 5-2 with Li lead.
Serena then reciprocated Li’s loose serving by being broken in the next game, as she tried to serve for the match, giving Li a window of opportunity to make the second set interesting.
But Li didn’t capitalize and was broken for the third straight time to lose the set 6-3 and the match in straight sets.
It’s fairly absurd how heavily favored Serena will be the rest of the way. She is the only top 20 player in the semifinals, and the only one to have made a grand slam final. If she doesn’t win her fourth Wimbledon on Saturday, it will be one of the biggest shocks in the history of the sport.