Kerber outguns Venus to set up final showdown with Serena

by Sadie Mccarthy Julio 10, 2016, 4:24

Unable to replicate the sort of turn-back-time performance that carried her to the semifinals at the All England Club, Venus was broken in her first four service games Thursday and lost to No. 4-seeded Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4.

Serenas demolition of Elena Vesnina in the days first semifinal had set up the prospect of a first all-Williams Wimbledon final since 2009.

A resilient counter-puncher who has stepped up her attacking game this year, Kerber broke Venus Williams five times and limited her rival to just 57% points won on first serve.

Five-time champion Venus fell out of the world's top 100 in 2011 after being diagnosed with the immune system disorder Sjogren's syndrome.. The No. 1 seed isn't flawless in London-she did drop a set in the second round against Christina McHale-but she somehow finds a way to get better as the competition grows.

Kerber said her win over Williams in Melbourne would give her plenty of confidence going into the final but added: "It's a completely new match. We've had tough matches before and I knew she could bring it to me on this surface", she said.

"It's weird, I can't believe I'm in the finals again".

In her third service game of the set Vesnina faced two break points and with the help of one mistake from Williams was able to save one, but the American then hit a forehand victor to claim the third break in a row and serve for a place in the final.

BBC One will broadcast the final live, with coverage starting at 1pm. I know the experience what's came directly after Australia. "I'm talking about attitude, I'm talking about the ability to handle the matches, the ability to change the matches around when she's in trouble, all those things that she's so good at". "I feel really confident and I feel really good".

Beyond that, the talk all week at Wimbledon has turned to the payments made to women in the sport of tennis.

Except Serena probably gets more of a workout when she practices.

"It shows you how great Serena is". "She was really enjoying herself. The first time I went on Centre Court it felt like my legs would buckle".

But, having reached a ninth Wimbledon final and 28th in Grand Slams, Williams insists she is still motivated.

Kerber returns a shot in the game.

Angelique Kerber shakes hands with Venus Williams after winning their match.

"I felt that Venus came out worn out because she was not able to push off on her first serve as much".

Her fastest serve sailed past the Russian at 123 miles per hour, 11 mph faster than Novak Djokovic's most recent average against Sam Querrey.

Adamant that Graf's Open-era record of 22 singles majors was never her goal, Williams refuses to discuss a number she has failed to equal - when heavily favoured to - three times.

Still, Williams said after the match that she was wary of her opponent.


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