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Angelique Kerber outguns Venus Williams to set up Wimbledon final showdown with Serena

Angelique Kerber will be looking to repeat her performance which got her the Australian Open title, earlier this year.

By: Reuters | London | Updated: July 7, 2016 8:56:19 pm
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 5/7/16 Germany's Angelique Kerber celebrates during her match against Romania's Simona Halep REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth Angelque Kerber will aim to complete the double against Serena on Saturday. (Source: Wimbledon)

Germany’s Angelique Kerber gatecrashed the Williams sisters’ Wimbledon party when she overpowered Venus 6-4 6-4 in the semi-finals on Thursday, setting up a mouth-watering final showdown with Serena.

The fourth seed will be aiming to become the first German woman since Steffi Graf 20 years ago to lift the Wimbledon singles crown, and to confound Serena’s efforts to equal Graf’s professional era record of 22 grand slam singles titles for the second time this year.

Germany's Angelique Kerber celebrates winning her match against USA's Venus Williams. (Source: Reuters) Germany’s Angelique Kerber celebrates winning her match against USA’s Venus Williams. (Source: Reuters)

Left-handed Kerber had the upper hand in the baseline exchanges against eighth-seeded Venus throughout a topsy-turvy first set in which there were seven breaks of serve, moving her American opponent from side to side with fearsome drives off both wings.

(Source: Reuters) Angelique Kerber is looking forward to meeting Serena Williams for the second time this year after she won the Australian Open. (Source: Reuters)

An increasingly weary looking Williams, 36, wilted under the pressure and made a string of errors, surrendering the set by burying a forehand into the net.

USA's Venus Williams in action against Germany's Angelique Kerber. (Source: Reuters) USA’s Venus Williams in action against Germany’s Angelique Kerber. (Source: Reuters)

The 28-year-old German retained her edge in the second set and weathered a clutch of Williams winners before closing out the match with a blistering cross-court forehand.

(Source: AP) Venus Williams played her first semi-final since 2010. (Source: AP)

She will aim to complete the double against Serena on Saturday, having beaten the world number one in the Australian Open final in January to lift her first grand slam title.

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