An all-Williams sisters Wimbledon final did not come to be on Thursday at the All-England Club as world No. 1 Serena Williams and Australian Open winner Angie Kerber advanced into the championship match.
Serena is one win from equaling Steffi Graf’s 22 Grand Slam titles after overpowering unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-0.
“It’s never easy out there,” Williams told the BBC of the win, adding that she is the mentally-toughest player on tour.
It will be a rematch of the Australian Open final when Serena faces Kerber, who in her semi beat Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4.
“It’s just amazing to beat Venus in the semis, is always tough,” Berber told the BBC. “I was just trying to go for every shot, moving very well. It worked, everything, and it is just a really good feeling. I am really enjoying my tennis life at the moment, I am playing my best tennis.”
When Kerber beat Serena in January in the Australian Open final it ended a run of four losses to the American. Kerber trails 2-5 in their career meetings.
“I will just try to go out there with a lot of confidence playing my tennis,” the German said.
Tying Graf’s record is heavy on Williams’ mind, and that weight had her looking uneasy and nervous in failed attempts this year in Slam finals at the Aussie Open (l. to Kerber) and the French Open (l. to Garbine Muguruza).
Serena, who says she never gets nervous, will be under the microscope again.
“Obviously, I’m 0 for 2, so determined to get at least one this year,” Williams said.
It would have been a fifth Wimbledon final for the Williams sisters, and likely the last opportunity as Venus Williams is expected to hang up her racquets by the end of the year.
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