Zvonareva fights back to reach first Grand Slam final
RUSSIA’S Vera Zvonareva has vowed not to even contemplate the odds of beating defending champion Serena Williams in Sunday’s final.
And that is probably just as well, because punters are unlikely to be flocking to back the 21st seed against the world No1, despite a gritty comeback win over Tsvetana Pironkova.
Zvonareva had to recover from losing the first set before beating the unseeded Bulgarian 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 yesterday to reach her first ever Grand Slam final.
But she knows she will be the clear outsider when she steps out onto Centre Court to face the imposing figure of 12-time Grand Slam winner Williams.
“It’s one of my dreams to be playing in the finals of Wimbledon,” said the former world No5.
“It’s going to be a tough challenge. Serena is a great player, the defending champion and very tough to play against.
“But I always believe in myself. I think I will just have to go out there and try to play my best, like I did in previous matches.
“I know, if I play my best tennis, I can beat anyone on the other side of the net.
“That’s what I’m going to try to do. I never look at any odds or comparisons. It’s not important to me.”