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Kerber outclasses Venus to deny Williams sister final

Angelique Kerber will play six-time champion Serena Williams for the Wimbledon women's singles title after defeating the American's sister Venus in straight sets.

Australian open champion Angelique Kerber has reached her first Wimbledon final. Credit: PA

The German fourth seed overcame her eighth seeded opponent 6-4 6-4 in the semi-final to deny the sisters another final meeting at SW19.

Saturday's final will be the first at the grass-court grand slam for Australian Open winner Kerber as she looks to add to her maiden slam.

Top seed Serena Williams booked her place earlier with the 6-2 6-0 thrashing of Russia's Elena Vesnina.


Serena Williams defeats Vesnina in record time

Serena Williams celebrates her record breaking semi-final win over Elena Vesnina. Credit: PA

Serena Williams inflicted the fastest ever demolition in a Wimbledon semi-final as the American took just 49 minutes to thrash Russia's Elena Vesnina.

Williams dismissed the world number 50 6-2 6-0 on Centre Court, needing two minutes fewer than the previous record when her sister Venus hammered Dinara Safina in 2009.

Venus or Germany's Angelique Kerber will be her opponent in Saturday's final and the top seed now stands just one win away from equalling Steffi Graf's Open era best 22 grand slam titles.

Murray beats Tsonga to reach Wimbledon semi-final

Andy Murray is through to the semi-finals of Wimbledon after beating Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in five sets.

Andy Murray is through to yet another Wimbledon semi-final Credit: PA

Murray steamed ahead to take the first two sets, but Tsonga mounted an impressive comeback to set up a deciding set.

However the second seed quickly took the final set after raising his game. Murray wins 7-6, 6-1, 3-6, 4-6, 6-1.

Murray faces Tsonga in Wimbledon quarter-finals

Andy Murray celebrates at winning his semi final match over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon in 2012. Credit: PA

Andy Murray faces Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at Wimbledon today with a place in the semi-finals at stake.

Murray has an excellent record against 12th seed Tsonga having beaten him 12 times from 14 meetings.

Two of those matches came at Wimbledon, with Murray defeating the Frenchman in the quarter-finals in 2010 and the semi-finals two years later.

"Both matches were hard," said Murray. "They weren't easy. A few of the sets came down to just a couple of points.

"I know Tsonga is one of the best grass-court players in the world. If he plays well, I'm not on my game, I can lose that match for sure."


Venus Williams reaches Wimbledon semis

Venus: She's got it, still. Credit: PA

Venus Williams rolled back the years to reach her first grand slam semi-final since 2010 as the American beat Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova at Wimbledon.

Williams, who turned 36 last month, is the oldest woman competing at the All England Club but her recent resurgence continued on Centre Court with a 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 victory.

The five-time Wimbledon champion has not made the last four at a major tournament since the US Open six years ago and she will now face Germany's Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber for a place in the final.

Andy Murray to play in Davis Cup quarter-final against Serbia

Andy Murray is leading GB's attempt to retain the Davis Cup. Credit: PA

Andy Murray will spearhead holders Great Britain's bid to reach the Davis Cup semi-finals next week.

The Wimbledon title favourite has confirmed his availability for the last-eight tie against Serbia in Belgrade, which world number one Novak Djokovic has chosen to miss.

The Lawn Tennis Association named Murray in a squad that also contains Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray, Dan Evans and Dominic Inglot, for the three-day tie beginning on Friday 15th July.

Great Britain's Davis Cup captain Leon Smith said: "In making himself available for the tie, Andy has once again shown incredible commitment to his country and his proven Davis Cup record is second to none."

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