Wimbledon Maria Sharapova concedes Serena Williams semi-final was a mismatch

Serena Williams outclassed Maria Sharapova on Centre Court on Thursday and the Russian conceded she was well beaten.

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Maria Sharapova concedes Serena Williams semi-final was a mismatch

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Maria Sharapova conceded she had no answer to Serena Williams' booming serves and penchant to perform when it matters as her Wimbledon campaign ended in the semi-finals.

Much had been made during the build-up to Thursday's last-four showdown that Sharapova had not beaten Williams in 11 years.

And there was never any danger of the Russian ending that losing streak as the world number one cruised to a 6-2 6-4 victory, a performance that included 13 aces and saw Williams win 86 per cent of the points on offer on her first serve.

"I always expect her to play the best tennis against myself and a few other elite players," said Sharapova.

"She does always come up with great tennis. You have to be able not to just produce your best tennis, but more. Obviously it hasn't happened for me.

"I never really found myself in position to break her. I didn't get any looks at breakpoints, so that was quite difficult."

On Williams' service game, she added: "Listen, that's one of her biggest strengths.

"That's one of the reasons that she's in the position she's in.

"She's able to come up with the goods from that serve when she's down. Obviously when she's ahead, it makes it a lot easier for her."

 

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