Wimbledon Day 8: Venus Williams joins sister Serena in semi-finals

Venus Williams is through to her first grand slam semi-final in six years, as the American overcame Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova with a possible final against sister Serena looming closer.

Five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams looked in trouble at 5-2 down in a first set tie-break but she then won five points in a row to take the first set which only built her confidence to stroll to victory in the second to seal a 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 victory over Shvedova.

Venus Williams is through to the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2009 image: rte.ie

Venus Williams is through to the semi-finals at Wimbledon for the first time since 2009
image: rte.ie

Younger sister Serena has also made it  through to the semi-finals but she had to work hard against Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to remain on course to successful retain her Wimbledon crown.

The 34-year-old converted only two break points, the first with a crushing backhand return in the opening set followed by a Pavlyuchenkova double-fault in the second, as she closes in on a record equalling 22nd grand slam title.

Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber will face Venus Williams in the semi-finals as the German overcame a tight contest against Romania’s Simona Halep to reach the final four.

There were eight consecutive breaks in the first set until a double-fault from Halep handed Kerber a one set lead and despite recovering two break points in the second, a series of errors from the fifth seed gave Kerber a 7-5 7-6 (7/2) victory.

Russian Elena Vesnina will face the almighty Serena Williams in the semi-finals the 50th seed reached her first ever grand slam semi-final with a comfortable win over Dominika Cibulkova.

The Slovakian dumped out third seed Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round but Vesnina proved too good for the 19th seed as she marched to a 6-2 6-2 to set up a semi-final with the defending champion.

Angelique Kerber beat Serena Williams to win the Australian Open image: eveningecho.ie

Angelique Kerber beat Serena Williams to win the Australian Open
image: eveningecho.ie

There was also a men’s last 16 clash to finish off as Thomas Berdych beat fellow Czech man Jiri Vesely to set up a quarter-final clash against French youngster Lucas Pouille.

The match was suspended on Monday evening due to darkness as Vesely saved five match points in the fourth set to take it into the decider but former Wimbeldon semi-finalist Berdych broke three times in the fifth set to take a 4-6 6-3 7-6 (10/8) 6-7 (9/11) 6-3 win.

You can check out more results from day seven, including the latest doubles action, at this link.

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