Tennis player Serena Williams reached her seventh Wimbledon final today, smacking 24 aces to beat Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 7-6 (6) in the semifinals. The final score point of the match was the record-breaking ace, according to espn.com.
The 30-year-old American Williams beat her previous Wimbledon record of 23 in a three-set victory over Zheng Jie in the third round five days ago.
The 13-time Grand Slam champion celebrated her victory by screaming before shaking hands with her opponent and jumping up and down on Centre Court immediately after scoring her final point.
"I've been working so hard, and I really, I really wanted it," said Williams at a press conference according, according to ESPN.
The four-time Wimbledon champion who lost in the first round of the French Open also shared: "I got a little tight in the second set. I couldn't relax. I was like, looking too far in the future and she came back. But I'm glad I was able to get through."
Williams did not think she performed as well as she did. "I honestly didn't feel great on my serve today," she said. "I thought my serve was off and clearly it wasn't. My game is pretty aggressive and I was just trying to play my game. My serve is mean and as I get older I rely on it a bit more."
Williams will face Agnieszka Radwanska in Saturday's final seeking her fifth Wimbledon title.
"This is a dream from when I was kid," the 23-year-old Radwanska said. "I'm playing tennis almost 18 years, and of course everybody's dream is to play the final of a Grand Slam."
Radwanska is the first Polish woman to reach a major final since 1939, when Jadwiga Jedrzejowska lost in the French Championships.
According to Reuters, Williams had this to say about Radwanska: "My biggest challenge is Agnieszka is really, really good at everything. She has unbelievable hands. She's running every ball down.It's going to be challenging. She's already ranked ahead of me, so I think it will be a really good match."
Williams will also represent Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games.
"Serena Williams has been dominant at Wimbledon 2012, and she will continue that success when she represents Team USA in the 2012 Olympic Games," according to bleacherreport.com. "Williams is no stranger to playing in the Olympics. In 2000 and 2008, she and her sister, Venus, won the gold medal in doubles. She has struggled in singles play, however, with her farthest run being the quarterfinals during the Beijing Games. She has dominated at the All England Club to advance to the final at Wimbledon after being ousted in the first round of the French Open."