LONDON, Great Britain - No.4 seed Angelique Kerber is back into the final of a Grand Slam for the second time in 2016 after battling past five-time champion venus williams at Wimbledon, 6-4, 6-4.
Both players got off to a wobbly start, opening the match with five consecutive breaks of serve before Kerber grabbed the first hold for a 4-2 lead.
The German took full advantage, though, and employed her go-to tactic by keeping Venus running from alley line to alley line, throwing her off balance before firing a forehand down the line for a winner.
The former No.1 refused to wilt, and broke back once again to mount a comeback and force Kerber to serve for the set for a second time. Venus' forehand wing - which had been the more vulnerable side throughout the match - let her down as she dumped a forehand into the net to concede the first set to Kerber.