Wimbledon 2016: Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber set-up semi-final clash

But you have to let fear go.

"They showed Venus's score on court and I was like "yaaaay". As long as I'm halfway decent, can get my racket on the ball, I think I can make something happen". Williams has been in good form but has had a couple of tough matches in the first four rounds here, while Shvedova has been a revelation so far at Wimbledon.

"I saw how Angelique was sticking to her game from the first till the last".

The former world No.1 has won all eight previous semi-finals at Wimbledon, including the 2000 decider when she defeated 18-year-old Serena en route to her first title at SW19. The first set, I felt like I had so many opportunities, but then she would play so well.

Continuing to battle with the auto-immune disease Sjogren's Syndrome, Venus has defied the odds and insists she never considered retiring from the sport. "She hasn't been back, but not because of her play". She now is through to the semi-finals but not before a little non-troversy of sorts.

To add to the intrigue, Venus and Serena are also playing the ladies' doubles event together again, and after their matches yesterday they linked up to beat Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka 6-4, 6-3. But I've been really blessed, to have an opportunity to be here, have had an opportunity in the past to do this. It's been a journey but it's been something that I've had to do and it's made me stronger.

Three times in this tournament, she beat opponents who were 20 years old or younger.

Williams and Shvedova have never played against each other before, so this is an interesting match.

Serena said she did not know how she had developed such a potent weapon.

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Tuesday's other quarter-finals saw six-time champion Serena Williams battering Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-4.

"I think she hit like 85 per cent of second serves to the backhand, that number has to change, you can't be predictable against the best if you want to win majors". But the Kazakh player's challenge crumbled after she narrowly lost a tiebreak she had led 5-2. As she waved to the Court 1 crowd, she wore a broad smile. "She was absolutely so proud of herself, and excited".

"We haven't played in a while and clearly she's had a great year with a great result in a slam, but I'd love to be walking towards the final and it's progress made today". "For some reason, people are starting to notice, they're going 'Wow'".

Williams is the oldest woman to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since Martina Navratilova was runner-up at Wimbledon at age 37 in 1994. "Like I always say, it's super inspiring for me". "You can't always have this big moment".

"The most hard part of the journey is just not being in control because when you're an athlete, you're used to being in control, being able to work for anything", Venus said.

Whether it was the transformation to an indoor court, the strategy session the break allowed her to have with coach Patrick Mouratoglou or, as Williams suggested, simply the chance to calm down, she completely dominated the rest of the way, taking the last nine games to beat the 13th-seeded Kuznetsova 7-5, 6-0 on Monday.

Standing in the way is surprise semifinalist Elena Vesnina, the world No. 50 who is into a major semi for the first time in her career at the age of 29.

Vesnina crushed Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-2, saving the Slovakian the prospect of postponing her wedding on Saturday which would have clashed with the women's final.

  • Lawrence Cooper