x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Magnificent seven for Venus

Venus Williams powered through to her seventh Wimbledon final with an impressive 6-1 7-6 win over Elena Dementieva.

Venus Williams's strength and precision proved too much for Elena Dementieva.
Venus Williams's strength and precision proved too much for Elena Dementieva.

LONDON // The defending women's champion Venus Williams powered through to her seventh Wimbledon final with an impressive 6-1 7-6 victory over her Russian opponent Elena Dementieva. Williams, aiming for her fifth Wimbledon title, launched an array of blistering serves and ferocious groundstrokes at the fifth seed and came up to the net to unleash an aggressive overhead shot across the court to take the first set.

The Russian, appearing in the last four at Wimbledon for the first time, made more of a contest of it in the second set, managing a rare break of the Williams serve and surprising her opponent with some excellent passing shots. The seventh seed won the second set tiebreak after a series of errors by Dementieva, sealing it with a powerful forehand. Venus, 28, will face her younger sister for the third time in a Wimbledon final if Serena beats Zheng Jie of China in the day's other semi-final.

*Reuters