x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Three times is a charm for Williams sisters

Serena Williams set up a third Wimbledon final against her older sister Venus by beating wild card entry Zheng Jie 6-2, 7-6 (5).

Serena Williams will be looking to win her third Wimbledon title.
Serena Williams will be looking to win her third Wimbledon title.

LONDON // Serena Williams set up a third Wimbledon final against her older sister Venus by beating wild card entry Zheng Jie 6-2, 7-6 (5) in a rain-interrupted semi-final. The two-time Wimbledon champion had little trouble in the first set against her 133rd-ranked Chinese opponent, who became the first player from her country to reach the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, but was made to work considerably harder in the second. Saturday's final will see, as many predicted, Serena facing Venus, herself a four-time Wimbledon champion, who lost to her younger sister in the 2002 and 2003 final.

In the remaining men's quarter-final match Rainer Schuettler booked his place in the Wimbledon semi-finals for the first time, beating Arnaud Clement 6-3 5-7 7-6 (6) 6-7 (7) 8-6 in a match that took two days to complete. The match started on Wednesday but was suspended because of darkness with the match tied at one set apiece. Clement had match point in the fifth set but Schuettler saved it, before finally winning the gruelling encounter.

*AP