Serena Williams thrashed Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-0 on Wimbledon’s Centre Court on Thursday (7 July) to earn her place in the final against Angelique Kerber.
The top-seeded American will be taking nothing for granted when she plays Kerber, having seen her bid to match Steffi Graf’s modern era record of grand slam titles stuck one short on 21 for a year, but it was a menacing show of strength, albeit against an overawed opponent.
She will land a seventh Wimbledon title if she beats Germany’s fourth-seeded Kerber in a repeat of this year’s Australian Open final that Williams surprisingly lost in three sets.
Kerber beat older sister Venus Williams 6-4 6-4 in the second semifinal, denying the 36-year-old a first Wimbledon final since 2009 when Serena beat her.
“I think for anyone else in this whole planet, it would be a wonderful accomplishment (reaching three grand slam finals in a row),” she said. “For me, it’s about holding the trophy.
“For me, it’s not enough. But I think that’s what makes me different. That’s what makes me Serena.”
Kerber said she felt confident about facing Serena after beating the world number one in Australia earlier this year, and warned: I’m even more dangerous on grass.
She is aiming to become the first German woman since Steffi Graf 20 years ago to lift the Wimbledon singles crown, and to confound Serena’s efforts to equal Graf’s professional era record of 22 grand slam singles titles for the second time this year.
“I will go out there with a lot of confidence. I will go out there like in Australia, trying to show her I’m here to win the match,” said the 28-year-old, who has yet to drop a set at Wimbledon this year.