Tennis-Serena Williams v Barbora Strycova
July 11 (Reuters) - A look at the records of American Serena Williams and Czech Barbora Strycova before their semi-final match at Wimbledon on Thursday (prefix number denotes seeding):
WTA Ranking: 10 (Highest ranking: 1)
Grand Slam titles: 23 (Australian Open 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2015, 2017; French Open 2002, 2013, 2015; Wimbledon 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016; U.S. Open 1999, 2002, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2014)
2018 Wimbledon performance: Runner-up
Best Wimbledon performance: Winner (2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015, 2016)
Williams, who is chasing a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam that has so far eluded her since maternity leave, was made to work hard for her quarter-final win over fellow American Alison Riske.
A niggling knee injury limited her court time and the rust was all too visible heading into the tournament but her big-match experience will come in handy against unseeded Strycova.
WTA ranking: 54 (Highest ranking: 16)
Grand Slam titles: 0
2018 Wimbledon performance: Third round
Best Wimbledon performance: Semi-finals (2019)
Just like Williams, Strycova has dropped one set en route to the semi-finals and the 33-year-old knocked out four seeded players - Lesia Tsurenko, Kiki Bertens, Elise Mertens and Johanna Konta.
But Strycova has never taken a set off Williams in their previous three meetings, all of which have come at the Grand Slams.
Head to head: Williams leads 3-0
2017 Williams d Strycova 7-5 6-4 (Australian Open, hard)
2012 Williams d Strycova 6-2 6-4 (Wimbledon, grass)
2012 Williams d Strycova 6-0 6-4 (Australian Open, hard) (Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru)