LONDON, Sporting Alert – Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber will battle for the Wimbledon 2016 women’s singles title after picking up semi-finals win on Thursday.
World number one and defending champion Serena Williams stayed on route to defend her crown after the American easily put away the unseeded Elena Vesnina of Russia 6-2 6-0 in just 49 minutes to reach a ninth Wimbledon final.
“It’s never easy out there and every point you have to fight for,” the 34-year-old said in a courtside interview.
“It’s weird, I can’t believe I’m in the finals again. I’m zero and two for (grand slam finals) this year so I want to get at least one.”
Meanwhile, Vesnina, who was hoping to leave the show court with an upset victory, admits that she was put in her place.
“I felt like I had no chance today,” the Russian told reporters. “I think she has now a big, big chance to win her 22nd grand slam title.
“I think she’s in the right mood right now.”
She added: “Today for me was really difficult. She has one of the best forehand crosscourt returns.
“It’s so fast, you cannot even finish your serve, then the ball’s already passing you,” she said.
“Of course, the mental part. She’s the strongest one with the mentality to play on the big courts, the big events, finals, semi-finals, grand slams. She’s the best with this.”
In the other contest on Centre Court, No. 4 seed Kerber of Germany defeated Serena’s sister and No. 8 seed Venus in the day’s second semi-final.
The sisters were hoping to face-off for the ninth time in a grand slam final, but Kerber, who promised in the build up to the contest that she would do her part to prevent an all sister final, was indeed too strong for Venus in the end.
“I have much more experience right now. It was not my first semi-final in a grand slam,” said Kerber, who defeated Serena to win the Australian Open earlier this year.
“But still Wimbledon is always special. I’m feeling good right now. So this is why I was a little bit nervous when I went there because I know that I have to play good tennis against Venus.
“She played a lot of good matches here. So that’s why I think I was a little bit nervous at the beginning.”
Wimbledon Women’s Singles Semifinal matches-Day 11
1-Serena Williams (U.S.) beat Elena Vesnina (Russia) 6-2 6-0
4-Angelique Kerber (Germany) beat 8-Venus Williams (U.S.) 6-4 6-4