Venus, Serena Williams Into Wimbledon Semifinals
Five-time champion Venus Williams and her younger sister Serena are one step away from a second consecutive all-Williams final at Wimbledon after powering into the semifinals on Tuesday.
Venus overpowered Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-2, while Serena dismissed Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-3.
“Do I feel invincible?” Venus Williams said. “I’d like to say yes, but I really do work at it.”
The elder Williams again had her left leg taped but has yet to give an explanation for the possible problem.
“She was serving and hitting the ball so strong,” Radwanska said of Venus. “Her tennis is so powerful. Today she was playing so good, it was very hard to do anything. If she will play like this, she will one more time this tournament.”
Venus will next face top-ranked Dinara Safina, who despite 15 double-faults beat unseeded German teenager Sabine Lisicki 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-1.
“I was Santa Claus on the court, serving so many double-faults,” said Safina, appearing in her first Wimbledon semifinals. “I was tough mentally, that was the key today.”
Serena will face No. 4-seeded Russian Elena Dementieva, who easily dismissed unseeded Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-2. It is the second consecutive year in the semis for Dementieva, who has yet to reach a career Wimbledon final after an 0-2 record in French Open and US Open finals.
The Williams sisters are attempting to put at least one sister in the final for an amazing nine of the last 10 years.
“We are definitely the front-runners in tennis as far as being some of the best players out there,” Venus said. “I just think that the style of game that Serena and I play, that particular style we play better than the other women.”
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