LONDON, Sporting Alert – The focus at Wimbledon 2016 will turn to the women’s singles semi-finals on Thursday’s Day 11.
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Six-time champion and world number one Serena Williams, sister Venus Williams, No. 4 Angelique Kerber and the unseeded Elena Vesnina are the four women fighting for two spots.
THURSDAY’S ORDER OF PLAY (CENTRE COURT)
Serena Williams v Elena Vesnina
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Defending champion Serena, who defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-4, 6-4 in her quarterfinals, will take on Russia’s Vesnina in the opening semifinal on Centre Court, starting at 8:00 am ET, (1:00 pm London).
World No.1, and then some…
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Serena, according to the bookies begins as the favourite to advance to the final, but the American is bracing for a very challenging encounter against a confident Russian player, who has a very good serve and is ranked second behind Serena in aces at Wimbledon 2016.
“She has a really good grass-court game,” Serena said. “She has a really good serve, and 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. I’ll be ready for it.”
Vesnina, looking ahead to the clash said: “That’s a dream semifinal. I think nothing can be better than playing against Serena in semifinal on Centre Court at Wimbledon. It’s special.”
In the second semifinals, Venus Williams, a five-time Wimbledon champion, will have her hands full against the fourth-ranked Kerber of Germany.
Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open champion, will be making her second Wimbledon appearance, and she already has a plan for Venus.
“I know that my serve should be a little bit better against Venus,” Kerber said.
Venus, who last won the title in 2008 and was beaten by Serena in 2009, is enjoying her best form in years, but she doesn’t feel out of place.
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“Yeah, semifinals feels good,” Venus said. “But it doesn’t feel foreign at all, let’s put it that way. … Yeah, the road was six years.
“They go by fast thankfully. But I’ve been blessed, been really blessed, to have an opportunity to be here, have had an opportunity in the past to do this.
“I don’t have any regrets about anything that’s taken place in between. It’s been a journey, but it’s made me stronger.”
Wimbledon Order of Play: women’s singles semi-finals on Thursday:
CENTRE COURT (8 am ET)
1-Serena Williams (United States) v Elena Vesnina (Russia)
4-Angelique Kerber (Germany) v 8-Venus Williams (United