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Angelique Kerber stuns Venus to stop all-Williams final

BY: RTE
Angelique Kerber
Angelique Kerber prevented an all-Williams' sisters final

Venus Williams fell painfully short of a ninth Wimbledon final appearance as she failed to fire in a straight-sets semi-final defeat by Angelique Kerber. After sister Serena coasted to victory over Elena Vesnina in just 49 minutes, it fell to Venus to make it a fifth all-Williams family final at the All England Club.

Yet she was off her game and Kerber did enough, without needing to be at her best, to take a 6-4 6-4 victory in an hour and 13 minutes.

Left-hander Kerber sealed victory with a sizzling cross-court forehand pass, and will be bidding to become Germany's first women's singles champion at Wimbledon since Steffi Graf took her seventh title in 1996.

Looking ahead to her first appearance in the Wimbledon trophy match, the 28-year-old fourth seed said: "It's just amazing.

"To beat Venus in the semi-finals ... it's always a tough match against her. She's a champion and she's won so many times here.

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"That's why I'm really happy about my game and my first final here at Wimbledon."

Kerber, yet to drop a set in the tournament, told the BBC: "I think right now I have a lot of experience from my last few years on tour and I'm enjoying my tennis life at the moment.

"I'm just happy to be in my second grand slam final."

Kerber beat Serena Williams in the final of the Australian Open in January, and Saturday's re-match looks appealing.

"It's a completely new tournament," Kerber said.

"I will just try to go out there with a lot of confidence, trying to play my best tennis and trying to give everything I can in the final."