Kerber too strong for Venus

Venus Williams’ remarkable Wimbledon run came to end on Thursday, as she went down in straight sets to Germany’s Angelique Kerber.

Fourth-seeded Kerber clinched a 6-4, 6-4 victory to advance to her first ever Wimbledon final, where she will face World No 1 Serena Williams.

It’s a repeat of this year’s Australian Open final, which saw Kerber defeat Williams to claim her first Grand Slam title.

Venus had done superbly to reach the semi-final at SW19 at the ripe old age of 36, but she could not get past the red-hot Kerber on the day.

Both players seemed nervous during a highly unpredictable first set which saw a whopping seven breaks of serve – including five in a row straight out of the gate.

It wasn’t until the sixth game that Kerber was finally able to hold serve to open up a 4-2 lead, which quickly became 5-2 as she broke Williams’ serve for the fourth time in a row.

Venus was able to claim her third break in the next game to reduce the deficit, but Kerber would not allow herself to be broken again and in fact did not face another break point for the remainder of the match.

Serving for the first set at 5-4, the German earned two set points and converted the second as Williams struck a weary forehand into the net.

Having survived a topsy-turvy first set, Kerber was much more solid in the second, clinching another break first up to maintain her momentum.

Williams battled manfully, reeling off several more winners, but she wasn’t able to trouble Kerber on her own serve again, allowing the German to more or less cruise into the final, wrapping up the result after an hour and 13 minutes and converting match point with a stunning crosscourt forehand winner.

“I know Venus is playing well at the moment. Everything worked and it is a very good feeling,” Kerber said after the match.”

Kerber said earlier in the week that she felt she is currently playing the best tennis of her career, and she reiterated that point again, suggesting we could be in for another thrilling final. The 28-year-old has made it this far without dropping a single set.

“I have a lot of experience now. I’m really enjoying my tennis life. I’m playing my best tennis. I will give everything I can in the final,” she said.

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