Serena, Venus One Win From Another Wimbledon Final; Angelique Kerber, Elena Vesnina Try To Spoil It
by Staff | July 7th, 2016, 7:43 am
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Serena Williams and Venus Williams stand just one win apiece from another Wimbledon showdown in the final. The sisters still have some work to do today, however.

Serena opens up Center Court against the surprising Elena Vesnina. The 29-year-old Russian doubles expert has reached her first career Grand Slam semifinal after impressive wins this week over her partner Elena Makarova and Eastbourne champ Dominika Cibulkova.

“I am very surprised,” Vesnina said. “It was like a dream came true. I’m always thinking, like, I can do well in the Grand Slams. I had some good wins. I was close to be in the quarterfinal couple times, but it was not good enough. I was just waiting and waiting for this happen.”

Serena is trying again for a fourth time to match Steffi Graf’s Open Era record of 22 Slams. The World No. 1 hasn’t won a Slam in a year and with a 50th-ranked opponent today who she has beaten handily in all four previous meetings.

“She has a really good grass court game,” Serena said of Vesnina. “She has a really good serve. I notice that she always works on things and she always improves her game. She’s also very aggressive. She comes to the net. I know her game really, really well. It’s good to play someone’s game that you know.”

With a victory, Serena also clinches the No. 1 ranking and returns to the final at her third straight Slam of the season.

In the second semifinal, Venus meets German Angelique Kerber. At 36, Venus is the oldest to reach the Wimbledon semifinals since 37-year-old Martina Navratilova did in 1994.

Kerber is ranked No. 4 and just won the Australian Open earlier this year, beating Serena. Kerber also holds a 3-2 edge on Venus in their head-to-head.

“I played against her a lot of tough matches,” Kerber said of Venus. “She’s always dangerous on grass, especially here in Wimbledon. She has a lot of confidence right now. She played great matches. So I’m looking forward to play against her. It’s the next challenge here. It’s the semis. I will just try to playing like the last matches, being aggressive, my game.”

Venus is playing her first Grand Slam semifinal since the 2010 US Open. And with the clock ticking this could be her last chance to win an 8th Slam.

“Well, you have to understand that 21 year olds are foolish,” Venus said. “I didn’t think I was going to be here at 36. Now, if I’m here at 46, I will say that 46 year olds are foolish. I don’t think I’ll be here, but we’ll see.”

This is also the 11th time both sisters have made a Grand Slam semifinal and first since 2009 Wimbledon. In all previous 10 occasions, one of the two won the title.


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26 Comments for Serena, Venus One Win From Another Wimbledon Final; Angelique Kerber, Elena Vesnina Try To Spoil It

Willow Says:

YAWN I Think the tennis fans need to be spared of an all Williams final purlease, cant see Vesnina beating Serena, but i think Angie has a better chance against Venus ….


Willow Says:

Vesnina / Williams not even a contest, if it were a boxing match, it wouldve been stopped by now ….


Tennis Vagabond Says:

WOW. Serena.

Torn over whether I want Venus to win now, the emotions in the finals could really ruin it. Ah hell yeah, lets bring the drama!


madmax Says:

May be, the stars align for Serena.

Will her sister (if she reaches the finals- really stop Serena from achieving her 22nd slam?).

I know. I know. I should not be thinking like that. But the days of the Williams’ sisters finals, filled me with such a sense of complete boredom.


jalep Says:

Angelique Kerber…yesssss!
Serena v Angie

Some vintage Venus out there today but her serves looked a little tired. She worked hard getting to the SF. The Sakkari and Kasatkina matches were tough. Great run and kudos to Venus.


RZ Says:

Hopefully when Vesnina and Serena meet up in the doubles match it will be more competitive.

Good for Angie for reaching the Wimbledon final.


jalep Says:

Aw, Hingis/Mirza lost to Babos/Shvedova, I see, RZ.
And Mladenovic/Garcia are out.

I wonder if ESPN will show the Williams/Williams v Vesnina/Makarova doubles match? Would like to see that one.


madmax Says:

Australian Open match up. Some great compliments from Serena towards her opponent.

So it’s a rematch of the Australian Open final between Angelique Kerber and Serena Williams in Saturday’s final. The junior Williams just addressed the prospect of a Kerber matchup in her press conference in the the past hour.

“I made a lot of errors,” Serena said when asked to recall that Melbourne shocker. “She made little to no unforced errors. It was still a three-set match. I felt like I could have played better. I felt like she played great. She came out swinging, ready to win. She was fearless. That’s something I learned. When I go into a final, I, too, need to be fearless like she was. It was inspiring afterwards to realize there’s a lot of things that I need to improve on.”

Would Saturday’s final be more significant because it’s against her Australian Open conqueror or is it just another opponent?

“A little bit of both,” Williams said. “Obviously it’s significant that she beat me in Australia because that’s the last time we did play. And also just as an opponent, she’s great. She does things well. She moves excellent. She’s fun to play.”


Margot Says:

jalep and RZ: so cross I didn’t go with Angie. Love her. But she really didn’t play too well leading up to Wimbledon, lost to Suarez-Navarro at Brum.


RZ Says:

@Margot – I went with Pliskova. Won’t be making that mistake again! Angie is like the female version of Wawrinka in that you never know when her A-game will turn up for a tournament.

@Jalep – They will probalby show that match online, if not on the TV. Sounds like the Hingis-Mirza domination has ended, though I expect them to win more titles here and there. I do like “Golden Set” Shvedova, though, and can see how she and Babos would be tough opponents. I thought Mladenovic and Garcia would do better here though, building on their French win. The women’s doubles has had a lot of the top teams lose early, with BMS-Safaova going out early too.


jalep Says:

Yeah love Angie, too. But I got it so wrong in both brackets this time and I was so confident about the ATP one. That’s the way it goes. Kerber: didn’t think to pick her this time but I picked CSN to beat Venus.

Margot, Bracket is down to You vs Davetx 😉


jalep Says:

RZ, sorry. What do you mean “golden set” Shvedova?

You are probably right about Hingis/Mirza.


jalep Says:

Karolina Pliskova I picked her to beat Kerber then switched her out thinking she might be over-played. My mistake was picking Keys to beat Kerber! I wondered about Madison’s fitness level but though nah, she’ll be good to make the final :D

WTA brackets are for only for the boldest of extreme fans. Ricky Dimon even faints away at the thought.


Willow Says:

I Picked a Williams /Mugaruza final, sad for Mugaruza going out, but nice to see Angie back in contention again, would love to see history repeat it in the final on Saturday, just cant see it though somehow ! ….


Van Persie Says:

Very happy for Angie, even if she ousted Simona. :) Australian Open final rematch. I think Serena will be more prepared this time, but let’s see.


RZ Says:

@Jalep – a few years ago at Wimbledon, Shvedova scored a golden set against Sara Errani. A golden set is one where a player does not lose a single point. As you can expect, it is extremely rare for a player to win all 24 points needed to win a set (no double faults, no unforced or forced errors). Here’s an article on it. http://espn.go.com/tennis/wimbledon12/story/_/id/8116278/wimbledon-2012-yaroslava-shvedova-first-player-grand-slam-golden-set


Margot Says:

In that case jalep, GOOOOO ANGIE! Go! For the sake of my bracket…please.
Lol bet our scores compare horribly with the main draw, have not dared to look……;)


Willow Says:

RZ now you mention it, i do actually remember it, there was even a thread about it here at the time, curious to know if its the first time its ever been done ! ….


RZ Says:

@willow – It looks like it’s happened a few times, but Shvedova’s gold set was the only one at the grand slam level. Form this link it looks like there was one in US Open qualifying and one at a regular tournament. The rest were in ITF or lower sanctioned events
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_set


jalep Says:

RZ
Very interesting. Thanks for that. I liked Sara Errani’s comments about it lol.

This doubles match is a screamer. A set apiece. Serena is all over it in the last set. Vesnina/Makarova are trying hard to avoid her but good luck…

18 shot rally goes to the Russians. Serena is not to be denied, tho. She’s making Aces out of 2nd serves on a regular basis. 15 aces for team Williams and it’s not over……er, yes it is. Dominance is Dominance. wow

Pam Shriver tells me Venus and Serena are going for their 14th GS Doubles Title here. Jeeps.


Willow Says:

Jalep lol do you you know Pam Shriver personally ;-)) ….


jalep Says:

Oh yeah. My pal Pam keeps me updated. ☝ wagging my pointy finger skyward…


RZ Says:

More surprise doubles results – Hingis/Paes lost to Watson/Kontinen. Nice that Heather Watson is in the mixed quarterfinals.

All French final in the men’s doubles with PHH/Mahut vs Benneteau/Roger-Vasselin. Nice to see Benny make a good comeback from injury.


Margot Says:

Yay! Darling PHH and Nick through. Not to be trivial or anything but….I just love the way Mahut’s hair sweeps his forehead…..A reason as good as any to support a player, I say ;)


jane Says:

all the frenchies!


Rhd Says:

Is Serenity moaning as if her draws were really tough? 6-0, how tiring! The atp dudes obviously act like her since they requiee the very slow moving guys to collapse.

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