Venus Williams and Serena Williams both booked their spots in the semi-finals at Wimbledon on Tuesday after classy performances against Yaroslava Shvedova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova respectively.
Venus reached the semi-finals at SW19 for the first time since 2009 when she disposed of Shvedova 7-6(5), 6-3.
Despite it being a straight-set triumph, Venus was made to work hard as her opponent from Kazakhstan matched her throughout the encounter.
In fact the only real difference between the players on the day was the superior manner in which Venus handled the big moments. And that was to be expected. The older of the Williams sisters has won five times at Wimbledon compared to Shvedova’s previous best finish at the tournament which was an exit in the third round.
In the first set, Shvedova was first to break. Venus broke back immediately though. In the end, the opener was to be decided by a tie-breaker and it was Shvedova who raced into a commanding 5-2 lead in the blink of an eye.
However, with a massive advantage within touching distance, she lost her composure completely and allowed Venus to take control of the match as the American wracked-up five unanswered points to claim the breaker 7-5.
The second stanza was a far more straight-forward affair for Venus as she broke three-times en route to winning it 6-3 and in doing so taking the match.
Venus will meet with Germany’s Angelique Kerber next.
Serena was made to dig just as deep as her sister as Pavlyuchenkova threw everything she had at the six-time Wimbledon champion.
The meeting was a tight one as both players seemed determined not to give anything away on serve. However, Serena broke once in both the first and second sets to earn a well deserved 6-4, 6-4 triumph. The younger of the Williams sisters will take great heart in the fact that she was not broken in the match.
World No.1, and then some…
— Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 5, 2016
Serena will play Russia’s Elena Vesnina next.
Watching the sisters navigate their way into the semi-finals made for fascinating viewing. While they are both equally athletic, their approaches to the game do differ in some respects.
Venus was crafty and strategic as she varied her play superbly well and used her slice back-hand to great effect on her many ventures to the net.
Where as Serena was slightly more predictable but just as effective as she relied on her pure ball-striking from the back of the court to eventually wear her opponent down.
The last time the duo met each other in a Wimbledon final was back in 2009. However, both players have very different games now to what they did back then. A 2016 final between the two would be a tactically absorbing match-up.
Experience live, extensive coverage of Wimbledon 2016 for two weeks on FOX Sports Play, where you can watch all the matches, highlights, behind the scenes and so much more. Don’t miss it!