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Women's singles quarter-finals result:

A RADW'KA (Pol) 14 v S WILLIAMS (US) 6

4-6 0-6

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By Tom Fordyce at Wimbledon

Radwanska 0-6 Serena
Brutal - three match points in the blink of a eye, and it's all over. Rampant from Williams - she curtsies to the crowd like a vaulting gymnast. Odds on a Serena v Venus final drop through the floor.

Radwanska 0-5 Serena
Desperate slicing from Aggie, but Serena sizzles down the line and moves to break point when an Aggie lofter goes long. When Serena squeezes the life out of her in the next rally Aggie flails wide, and Serena has won six games on the trot. 26 winners from Williams, just six unforced errors. The end is nigh after just 47 minutes.

Radwanska 0-4 Serena
Williams thrashes down a 10th ace to cruise closer to a semi-final match-up with Zheng or Vaidisova. She's been improving throughout the tournament, and a win here looks as inevitable as the end of this sentence.

Radwanska 0-3 Serena
Another break point as Aggie flops a regulation backhand halfway down the net. A lame double-fault follows to groans from the sympathists all around. This contest is as lop-sided as a one-eared elephant.

Radwanska 0-2 Serena
Ace number eight followed by winner 22 as Williams holds with casual comfort. Looks very focused, Serena - the grunting would intimidate a Maori warrior, but there's nothing on her mind except the semis right now.

Radwanska 0-1 Serena
Serena's strength is just too much for Aggie - she passes her left and right with rapid rapiers and blasts one right into the corner. Break taken. Hmmm.

FIRST SET

Radwanska 4-6 Serena
Crash goes a walloping Williams forehand, crack goes the Aggie backhand - one into the net, one into the train-tracks, and the set has Serena chalked all over it. Still a subdued atmosphere out there - nothing for the punters to get their teeth into at the mo.

Radwanska 4-5 Serena
Aggie glugs some blue juice at the changeover and holds with cunning faker forehands that leave Serena going one way and the ball the other. Serena to serve for the set.

Radwanska 3-5 Serena
Serena is over-powering her opponent here with muscular meatiness on her groundstrokes. A battering overhead almost chops the Pole in two before fearsome forehand down the line tips the edge of her stretching racquet and careers into the front row.

Radwanska 3-4 Serena
Serena clambers all over the Aggie second serve, marching in to take it feet inside the baseline. A raker cross-court smash-and-grabs another break away.

Radwanska 3-3 Serena
Bish bash bosh - three aces from Serena, all around the 115mph mark, and that's the game. A rather self-satisfied looking man in the crowd has a hankerchief draped over his head like a 1950s pensioner on the sea-front at Yarmouth.

Radwanska 3-2 Serena
Hello - Richard Williams there in the VIP seats, surreptitiously forcing a baguette between slavering chops. Serena goes lofty-long with an ambitious lob and Aggie holds to edge ahead.

Radwanska 2-2 Serena
Roars from Papa and Marta Radwanska - Robert and Marta - as Aggie drifts a cheeky pass past the lunging Serena and then forces her into backhand netter at 30-40 to snatch the break back. Surprised applause from the filtering-back fans.

Radwanska 1-2 Serena
Scampering and thwacking from Serena, and when Aggie is left skidding out wide, Serena slaps a forehand away to snatch the first break. She's already knocked Aggie's sister Urszula out of this year's Wimbledon - a win here and we could the start of an epic Radwanska-Williams family feud to rival anything in Dynasty.

Radwanska 1-1 Serena
If this is the first time you've met, Aggie, she's a 19-year-old from Krakow who won the girls' singles title two years ago. Serena forces her into a hurried forehand scramble and we're level pegs. Still scorching out there.

Radwanska 1-0 Serena
Solid start from Aggie, holding to 15 as Serena thumps wide. Centre Court three-quarters empty as punters dash to use the facilites after that excreable preceding match.

1550: Can Serena join Venus in the semis? Can outsider Aggie upset the two-time champion? Can anything be as bad as that last quarter-final between Dementieva and Petrova?


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