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Published: 14:30 | 7/7/16

Williams and Kerber through to final


Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber will meet in Saturday's Wimbledon singles final after coming through their respective semi-final matches.

Williams proved far too strong for Elena Vesnina and needed just 48 minutes to reach a ninth Wimbledon singles final and keep alive her hopes of a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title.

In a truly one-sided encounter, Williams dropped only three points on her serve and wrapped up her 6-2 6-0 victory with her 11th ace of the afternoon.

"I'm very happy. I was really focused today. We've had tough matches before and I knew she could bring it to me on this surface," Williams told BBC Sport. "It's never easy out there, every point you have to fight for."

Williams was beaten by Kerber in the Australian Open final before losing the French Open final to Garbine Muguruza last month but she is hopeful she can end her losing streak on Saturday.

"I can't believe I'm in the final this year. I'm 0-2 this year so I'm determined to win one," said Williams. "I want Venus to win, but Kerber would be another good match."

Any hopes of an all-Williams final were dashed when Kerber defeated Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 to reach her first ever Wimbledon final.

Five-time champion Venus looked tired throughout her semi-final match and dropped serve four times in the first set, although there were five consecutive breaks of serve at the very start of the match. Kerber was the first to hold for a 4-2 lead abut she was broken again when she served for the opening set.

She eventually took a one-set lead thanks to Venus' misfiring forehand and she use that to her advantage throughout the second set to seal the victory in an hour and 12 minutes.

"It's amazing. It's always a tough match against Venus. I'm really excited about my game and my first final here," Kerber said.

"The last point was amazing, I was just trying to go for every shot.

"It was a completely new day and I know she is playing well at the moment. Everything worked and it is a very good feeling.

"I have a lot of experience now. I'm really enjoying my tennis life. I'm playing my best tennis.

"This is a completely new tournament, I will give everything I can in the final."

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