Kerber To Face Serena For Wimbledon Crown

LONDON, July 7, 2016

In the fastest semi-final at Wimbledon since Lindsay Davenport beat Alexandra Stevenson in 1999, Serena Williams cruised past Elena Vesnina, winning 6-2, 6-0 on Thursday afternoon.

The world number one sealed victory in only 48 minutes with a typically ruthless overhead smash. Vesnina has had an excellent run at Wimbledon this year, but, as so many other players have discovered in the past, it is exceptionally difficult to unsettle Serena when she is playing at this remarkable level. The 34-year-old from the United States won 25 out of 43 points on Vesnina’s serve, while her opponent won only three out of 31.

“I felt like I had no chance today, first of all,” Vesnina told. “I felt like Serena was playing really good. She was in a great mood, and serve was working really well for her. She had a really high percentage of the first serves. She was placing it amazingly. I couldn’t say that I was a bit fast with my legs today. I would prefer to be a little bit faster, you know, to defend a bit better. But she was just better all over the court.”

“It’s just amazing. To beat Venus in the semis is always really tough, she’s a champion and has won so many times here – that’s why I’m really happy with my game. I was trying to just go for everything, moving really well and the last pont was a amazing. I knew she was playing really well. I was trying to go for it and it worked, just a really good feeling. Right now I have a lot of experience from my last few years on tour. I am playing the best tennis and have a great team around me,” Kerber was happy afterwards.

Kerber and Serena Williams will meet for the eighth time with the world number one leading 5-2 in head to head records. Yet, the German got the better in their last encounter at final of the Australian Open in January.