Wimbledon: Serena Williams sets up clash against Angelique Kerber in the final

She will aim to complete the double against Serena on Saturday, having beaten the world No. 1 in the Australian Open final in January to lift her first Grand Slam title. "We've had a lot of tough matches before and on this surface I knew she could bring it today", said Serena, who will be playing her ninth Wimbledon final.

No player has won as many grand slams in the Open Era as the 22 managed by Graf, though Serena Williams could draw level if she overcomes Kerber in Saturday's final.

After denying the Williams sisters a fairytale Wimbledon final match-up, Angelique Kerber will now attempt to again prevent Serena Williams from winning the grand slam title she is desperate for. "I'm really enjoying my tennis life". She's a champion and won so many times here.

After a 48-minute battering at the hands of Serena Williams on Wimbledon's Centre Court on Thursday, the last words Elena Vesnina probably wanted to hear were "see you later". I felt like I could have played better. After reaching the final at seven of the last eight majors, she lost in her two previous finals this year. I was very intense the whole time.

In the second set, Kerber broke Venus in the opening game and held her serve throughout the set to win the match in straight sets. Maybe it was just a bad day at the office, but an inevitable conclusion was that the years may be catching up on her.

Further errors proved costly for the eighth seed as she slipped 2-0 down at the start of the second set, but she found the range with her forehand to help stave off three break points in game five.

Venus, who suffers with Sjogren's syndrome, an auto-immune disease that causes chronic fatigue and muscle soreness, had her serve broken to open the match and fell behind 5-2 in the first set.

"Obviously, I'm 0 for 2, so determined to get at least one this year", Williams said. Serena says the feat is "a wonderful accomplishment", but she wants more.

Venus would not give up without a fight, however, and found some rhythm on her serve to keep the pressure on her opponent.

"I know Venus is playing well at the moment".

"It was a real disappointment for Venus after playing so well and such a remarkable story by coming back at the age of 36".

"If you happen to write a short article, you think you don't deserve equal pay?" she told the journalist asking. "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.

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