x Abu Dhabi, UAE Thursday 20 July 2017

Venus books place in final four

Venus Williams negotiated her safe passage through to the semi-finals, beating Tamarine Tanasugarn in straight sets.

Defending champion Venus Williams is on course for another Wimbledon final against sister Serena.
Defending champion Venus Williams is on course for another Wimbledon final against sister Serena.

WIMBLEDON // Defending champion Venus Williams moved a step closer to her fifth Wimbledon singles title after beating Tamarine Tanasugarn in straight sets to reach the semi-finals and close in on another potential championship match-up with sister Serena. Williams ended the dream run of the 31-year-old Thai Tanasugarn 6-4, 6-3 on Court 1 and had her sights firmly fixed on once again lining up opposite her sibling in the final. "I love it here, I've had some great times," said the 28-year-old. "It will be amazing if we were both in the final, I've just got to keep it up for one more match.

Two-time champion Serena Williams, seeded sixth for the tournament, is scheduled on Centre Court against 19-year-old Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland. The Williams sisters are in opposite halves of the draw and could meet in Saturday's final. Venus will meet Elena Dementieva in the last-four, after Dementieva beat Nadia Petrova 6-1, 6-7, 6-3 in her quarter-final match. Nicole Vaidisova and China's Zheng Jie play in the other quarter-final match to determine the remaining semi-finalist. *AP