Venus, Serena through to Wimbledon semi-finals

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L-R: Serena and Venus Williams

L-R: Serena and Venus Williams

The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena, on Tuesday went through to the semi-finals of the 2016 Wimbledon Tennis Championships to set up prospects of an all-Williams final.

Five-time champion Venus Williams reached the semi-finals for the first time since 2009 with victory over Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova earlier in the day.

Eighth seed Venus, at 36 the oldest Grand Slam semi-finalist for 22 years, beat unseeded Shvedova 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

Top seed Serena later beat Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-4.

In Thursday’s semis, Serena will take on Russia’s Elena Vesnina, while Venus will take on Germany’s Angelique Kerber.

“We don’t really talk too much about it (playing against each other in the final), but we are playing doubles later. So, we are just happy to be in the semi-finals,” Serena said after her match.

But she acknowledged that it would be great to have the match.

“Venus is such a tough opponent I want her to win so bad, not in the final if I am there, but if I’m not, I do.”

Kerber, the competition’s fourth seed, beat Romanian fifth seed Simona Halep 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) in the opening match on Centre Court.

Unseeded Russian Vesnina thrashed Slovakian 19th seed Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2 in the remaining quarter-final on court one.

Venus Williams had showed she remains a real threat on the All England Club grass with an impressive win over world number 96 Shvedova.

The champion in 2000, 2001, 2005, 2007 and 2008 made it through to her first Grand Slam semi-final since the 2010 US Open.

At 36, she is the oldest major semi-finalist since Martina Navratilova finished runner-up at Wimbledon in 1994.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Williams had slipped outside the world’s top 100 in 2011 after being diagnosed with the immune system disease Sjogren’s Disease.

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Source:: PM Newspaper