Wimbledon 2016

Serena breezes into Wimbledon final .... but fairy-tale run ends for sister Venus

World No 1 crushes unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina in 48 minutes while Germany’s Angelique Kerber wins her semi-final against Venus Williams comfortably

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 July, 2016, 11:26pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 July, 2016, 11:32pm

Six-time champion Serena Williams breezed into her ninth Wimbledon women’s final on Thursday, but for sister Venus there will be no fairy-tale title.

In the semi-finals, Serena demolished unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-0 while Germany’s Angelique Kerber saw off Venus 6-4, 6-4.

Serena, 34, and bidding for an Open era record-equalling 22nd grand slam title, sweep aside Vesnina in just 48 minutes.

Playing in her 32nd grand slam semi-final, Serena fired 11 aces, 28 winners and committed just seven unforced errors, breaking serve five times to reach her 28th grand slam final.

Vesnina won just three points off the Williams serve in the first set and none in the second.

“I’m very happy. I was really focused today. We’ve had tough matches before and I knew she could bring it to me on this surface,” said Williams, who has now defeated the Russian five times in five meetings.

Despite the painfully one-sided semi-final, Williams, into her third grand slam final of the year, insisted it had been a tough workout.

“It’s never easy out there, every point you have to fight for,” she said.

“I can’t believe I’m in the final this year. I’m 0-2 this year so I’m determined to win one.”

Kerber, 28, had no intention of being a footnote in Wimbledon history and saw off five-time champion Venus in 71 minutes.

“Venus won so many times here and was playing really well. That’s why I’m so happy to reach my first Wimbledon final,” Kerber said.

“It’s a really good feeling. I’m really enjoying my tennis life.”

Kerber stunned Serena to win her maiden grand slam crown in the Australian Open final in January.

Having beaten one Williams, the fourth-seeded Kerber can set her sights on becoming the first player to defeat both of the American siblings in the same grand slam since Kim Clijsters at the 2009 US Open.

“It’s a completely new tournament and surface. I will just try to go out with a lot of confidence and play my best tennis,” Kerber added.