Wimbledon: Kerber to face Serena in final

Angelique Kerber closes in on victory over Venus Williams

Angelique Kerber closes in on victory over Venus Williams

German fourth seed Angelique Kerber on her 6-4 6-4 semi-final win over American Venus Williams, a five-times Wimbledon champion.

While Williams will be looking for vengeance, Kerber is confident that she has what it takes to beat the defending champion. "But I think her level is closer to this than some of the things we've seen in the last month".

"I will just try to go out there with a lot of confidence, trying to play my best tennis and trying to give everything I can in the final". "Now I'm just a little bit more calm", she said.

"For me, it's about obviously holding the trophy and winning, which would make it a better accomplishment for me", she said. Angie won against her in Australia so she can go in there with her head high and try to play the same as Australia, play very intense and play long rallies with her.

After landing her maiden major in Melbourne, Kerber will once again be trying to stop Serena from matching fellow German Steffi Graf's open-era record 22 grand slam singles crowns on Saturday.

"[The last time we spoke] she just told me that I'm on a good path, to believe in myself and practice hard". "I'm zero and two for (grand slam finals) this year so I want to get at least one".

The left-handed Kerber beat Serena in her first Grand Slam title, the Australian Open final in January. "It's always a really tough match against her, she's a champion, so I'm really happy about my first final in Wimbledon".

Kerber used her outstanding passing shots to keep Venus moving side to side all match, and was the more efficient player on Thursday.

But her dreams of a first major title since 2008 were finally put to rest when Kerber unleashed one last crunching cross court victor. This is a complete new tournament, on a different surface.

Angelique Kerber during her semifinal win.

"I'm excited to be in the Wimbledon final".

"Yeah, I think we deserve equal prize money, absolutely".

"I hear people say that she doesn't volley good, I heard that a few times, but just look at the stats", said Patrick Mouratoglou, Williams's coach.

"I don't deserve to be paid less because of my sex", said Williams, 34.

The Williams sisters also met in the semifinals in 2000, with Venus winning and going on to win her first Wimbledon title.

Serena Williams of the U.S returns to Elena Vesnina of Russian Federation during their women's singles match on day eleven of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday, July 7, 2016. For me, it's not enough.

"I was initially disappointed Serena's match was over so quickly but Vesnina had no chance as Serena was dominating so much", said Toby from Buckinghamshire.

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