Wimbledon day 10 was all about the ladies semi-finals, with the center of attention being the Williams sisters in Serena and Venus Williams, both qualifying for a grand slam semi together after 6 years. While Venus is 36 years of age, her younger sister and the current world no.1 i.e. Serena Williams is 34 years of age.
Serena is on the lookout for her 22nd grand slam title which will make her equal with the highest singles grand slam tally along with Steffi Graf. Serena lost the French Open final just around a month back and she has looked spirited in this year’s Wimbledon thus far to finally seize the opportunity and equal Graf’s record.
Serena Williams vs Elena Vesnina
The Russian 29 year old Vesnina qualified for her first major semi-final in her career, having beaten Cibulkova in their quarter-final clash. The semifinal was not supposed to be easy for her and neither was it; Serena’s sheer dominance at this year’s Wimbledon was playing to the fear to Vesnina’s remote aspirations of a Wimbledon final. What transpired on the center court in Semi Final No.1 was just pure and perfect tennis from the younger of the Williams sisters.
In the 4 encounters that Serena and Vesnina have had, the score is 4-0 in favor of Serena, with Vesnina failing to ever take even a set from the American.
The very first game of the match saw a break and it went in favor of the American in Serena. Vesnina netted a forehand and got her very first serve broken, Serena 1-0 Vesnina.
Serena won her own serve and yet again broke Vesnina, who netted a backhand this time and failed to save the break point, Serena was in strong hold of the set at 3-0. Once Vesnina got two of her serve games broken, getting back into the set was never going to be a chance with Serena.
The Russian lost the first set 6-2, the 2 break points remained the only breaks of the set.
The second set was no easier for Vesnina and the thundering power from Serena was showing in her aggressive game. Vesnina continued to serve poorly and got her service games broken – she was in despair at what she was made to witness from the other side of the court; incredible genius of Serena.
A 6-0 victory for the American and yet another final berth for the tennis ace Serena Williams. Vesnina graciously in her loss congratulated Serena on a one-sided victory against the Russian; she sure does seem unstoppable. The semi-final becomes the fastest to be completed in Wimbledon history with it lasting just 48 minutes.
Venus Williams vs Angelique Kerber
The world no.4th seed took on the world no. 8th in Venus Williams, whose younger sister in Serena had already qualified for the final – could it possibly be a Williams sister final?
Kerber got her first career glory earlier this year after winning the Australian open and it’s perhaps the confidence from that win that she carries with herself – playing with such comfort against an experienced Venus, whose been on the tennis circuit for over 20 years.
The match transpired into a relatively easy win for Kerber with her breaking Venus once in both the sets, winning in 2 sets 6-4 6-4.
Kerber will now face Serena in the Wimbledon final.
Other results :
Babos/ Yasolava beat Mirza/Hingis 6-2 6-4
Herbert/Mahut beat Huey/Miryni 6-4 3-6 6-7 6-4 6-4
Serena/Venus Williams beat Vesnina/Makarova 7-6 4-6 6-2
Kontinen/Watson beat Hingis/Paes 3-6 6-3 6-2
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