Wimbledon 2009: Serena Williams vs. Victoria Azarenka

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Second seed Serena Williams will play Victoria Azarenka today on Centre Court for the right to join Wimbledon’s version of the Final Four.

The 27-year-old American followed her sister into the quarterfinal round with a 6-3, 6-1 victory against unseeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia.

Azarenka has been considered the third most likely player to prevail in this year’s tournament after the Williams sisters. The 19-year-old Belarusian beat Serena in the most recent of their three encounters— in straight sets in the final of Miami earlier this year. She arrived at SW19 at a career high No. 8 after winning two other titles and reaching the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, where she lost to top-ranked Dinara Safina.

UPDATE: Serena Williams is back in the Wimbledon semifinals after beating Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-3.