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Serena powers past Azarenka into Wimbledon final

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Serena Williams of the U.S. celebrates after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their women's semi-final tennis match at the Wimbledon tennis championships in London, on July 5.

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Belarus's Victoria Azarenka plays a forehand shot during her women's singles semi-final defeat to US player Serena Williams on day 10 of the 2012 Wimbledon Championships tennis tournament at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 5.

AP reports -- 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 enough, the record-breaking ace.

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Serena Williams of the US returns to Victoria Azarenka of Belarus during their semi final match for the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, on July 5.