Serena and Venus on court in women's semifinals at Wimbledon

by Virginia Benson Julio 10, 2016, 4:23
Serena and Venus on court in women's semifinals at Wimbledon

Defending champion Serena demolished unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina yesterday to record victory in just 49 minutes and post the fastest ever victory in a Wimbledon semi-final, winning 6-2, 6-0.

There was a chance for an all-Williams final, but No. 4-seed Kerber quickly put an end to those thoughts as she defeated No. 8 Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-4 in their semifinal match.

She will aim to complete the double against Serena on Saturday, having beaten the world number one in the Australian Open final in January to lift her first grand slam title.

Serena, playing in her 32nd Grand Slam semi-final, blasted last-four debutant Vesnina off the sun-kissed Centre Court in front of Prince William's wife Kate watching from up in the Royal Box.

Serena Williams won 28 of 31 points that she served, including the last 17.

But Kerber had no intention of being a footnote in Wimbledon history and she saw off five-time champion Venus in 71 minutes on Centre Court to reach her first All England Club title match.

"It's just unbelievable to beat Venus in a tough match", Kerber said afterward.

"It's never easy, every point you have to fight for".

She knows most outsiders see the 34-year-old as losing the last two major finals, not achieving three straight grand slam finals in 2016.

Prize money is tennis is a much maligned subject and Novak Djokovic, the male world number and the 11-time Grand Slam victor, fueled the debate in March with his controversial views on the equal pay. "I want Venus to win, but Kerber would be another good match".

"To beat Venus in the's always a tough match against her".

"I have a lot of experience now". I Think Venus is actually pushing me, and we're on the tennis court.

"We have also good quarter-final matches on the women's side", she said.

It's been a busy day for the Williams sisters at Wimbledon.

Holder Serena Williams will play Angelique Kerber in the women's singles final at Wimbledon on Saturday.

She is stalled on 21 majors, one shy of Steffi Graf's Open Era record. "It's weird, I can't believe I'm in the final again".

But her dreams of a first major title since 2008 were finally put to rest when Kerber unleashed one last crunching cross court victor.

For a closer look at Williams' best Nike looks during the past several years - and many Grand Slams - click through the gallery.

Serena and Venus have met in four Wimbledon finals, with Serena winning three and Venus winning one.

"I felt like I could have played better".

"I was trying to (move) her, as well", the fourth-seeded Kerber said.

"I mean, of course, beside the court, I respect her so much". "Venus won so many times here and was playing really well".

Instead of the ninth all-Williams final at a Grand Slam tournament, a rematch of another sort will be held to determine the title at Wimbledon.

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