Serena hammers Vesnina to reach final

Defending champion Serena Williams defeated unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina in straight sets in their Wimbledon semi-final on Thursday.

Williams needed just 48 minutes to dispatch Vesnina 6-2, 6-0 and book her place in a ninth Wimbledon final.

The six-time champion moves on to face fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany, who defeated her sister Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the day’s other semi-final.

Making her first appearance on Wimbledon’s Centre Court, Vesnina appeared overawed and was never competitive.

Williams started off in perfect fashion by breaking the 29-year-old Russian’s serve in the very first game of the match, before holding her own and breaking again to lead 3-0.

Things then went with serve for Serena from there as she clinched the set 6-2, converting her first set point with an ace down the line.

It didn’t get any better for Vesnina in the second set.

She started off in the worst possible manner by being broken in the opening game, and it was all Williams for the remainder of the match as she converted further break points in the third and fifth games to wrap up the result in quick time and claim a berth in Saturday’s final.

“I’m very happy, you know, I was really focused today because we’ve had a lot of tough matches before. And especially on this surface I knew she could really bring it to me so I was ready,” Williams told BBC Sport. “It’s never easy out there, every point you have to fight for.

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