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Serena tops Azarenka, on to Finals

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Serena Williams had an ace up her sleeve on Centre Court, and she used it a Wimbledon-record 24 times.

The 13-time Grand Slam champion reached her seventh Wimbledon final on Thursday, smacking 24 aces to beat Victoria Azarenka 6-3, 7-6 (6) in the semifinals.

The final point of the match was, fittingly, the record-breaking ace.

"I've been working so hard, and I really, I really wanted it," said Williams, a four-time Wimbledon champion who lost in the first round of the French Open. "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."

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