Today, Jon Wertheim was talking about little inspirational phrases that players recall or read in order to propel themselves to victory. Serena's phrase, he speculated, is "Get off my lawn!"
And there you are. Serena Williams dismantled world number 1 Victoria Azarenka, 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals of the Olympic Games in London. Williams hit 33 winners, including 16 aces, and made only five unforced errors. This was the 4th seed's 14th win over a world number 1.
Maria Sharapova impressively won the other semifinal, beating countrywoman Maria Kirilenko 6-2, 6-3, and hitting five times as many winners as her opponent.
Williams has an 8-2 record against Sharapova, and has won their last seven matches.
Kirilenko and Azarenka will compete for the bronze medal.
Top doubles seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond were defeated 6-1, 7-6 in the semifinals today by 4th seeds Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka. Still to be played is the semifinal between Serena and Venus Williams and the Russian team of Maria Kirilenko and Nadia Petrova. Williams and Kirilenko are busy players at the Games.