Serena survives semi scare
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:39
The 27-year-old American was forced to produce all her battling qualities to overcome a spirited Dementieva, who produced a brilliant performance but still bowed out at the last-four stage for the second year in a row.
Williams saved a match point in the second set before forcing a decider and winning 6-7 (7/4) 7-5 8-6 in an epic duel on Centre Court that lasted 12 minutes short of three hours.
“It was really tough,” Williams said. “She’s been playing so well and has won a lot of matches against me in the past.
“I was not on my best game but my family were so positive. Elena played so well and we gave the crowd a wonderful match.”