Kerber Downs Venus, Faces Serena in Wimbledon Final

Germany's Angelique Kerber celebrates beating US player Venus Williams in the women's semi-finals at Wimbledon on July 7, 2016
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London (AFP) – Angelique Kerber booked a Wimbledon final showdown with defending champion Serena Williams as the German ended Venus Williams’ bid for a fairytale title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory on Thursday.

Serena’s demolition of Elena Vesnina in the day’s first semi-final had set up the prospect of a first all-Williams Wimbledon final since 2009.

But Kerber had no intention of being a footnote in Wimbledon history and she saw off five-time champion Venus in 71 minutes on Centre Court to reach her first All England Club title match.

Kerber stunned Serena to win her maiden Grand Slam crown in the Australian Open final in January and the 28-year-old again stands in the way of the world number one’s bid to win a record-equalling 22nd major.

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