The German Anquelique Kerber will challenge the six-time Wimbledon champion of the United States this Saturday, Serena Williams, in the All England final, with the memory of her first Grand Slam title, achieved at the end of January at the Australian Open when she beat the current number one in the world.
In Melbourne, Kerber, 28, fourth in the world, and who will be second this Monday beating the Spanish Garbiñe Muguruza, beat Serena in the Melbourne final, 6-3, 3-6 and 6-4. This Thursday he gave a new blow by liquidating his sister Venus, 6-4, 6-4 to prevent a completely Williams duel at Wimbledon, and aspire to the second great of his career.
Kerber started the season with the final in Brisbane, excelled by winning the title in the Australian state of Victoria and then made the semifinals in Charleston and Miami. She started the gravel tour with a promising finish in Stuttgart, but then collapsed and was unable to win a single match in Madrid, Rome, or Roland Garros, where she lost to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.
He signed the German fourth in Birmingham, already on grass, and at Wimbledon he has remade his game. Against Venus she reached her prime, imposing her greatest youth in just 73 minutes.
Kerber had already beaten Venus on three of the five occasions, the oldest in this edition at Wimbledon at 36 years old, and had also scored the victory at the Olympics. from London, on grass, in this same room, the only precedent in this area.
Venus was the oldest player to advance to the semifinals of a Grand Slam, since Martina Navratilova at Wimbledon in 1994 (37 years and 258 days).
“She is a champion, she has won here many times,” explained Kerber about her victory, “I tried to move her very well, and the last point was incredible,” he added.
“Today was a completely new day and everything worked, I have a great feeling and a lot of experience accumulated in recent years, which has allowed me to reach my second Grand Slam final,” said Kerber
«This is a totally different, new tournament. I have to leave totally concentrated to do everything I can in the final, “she said about her rival in the final, the great Serena who will play her 28th final of a Slam.
A cross shot on a risky ascent of Venus put an end to the adventure of the older Williams. The match was a carousel of service breaks, with eight in total. Venus made 21 unforced errors, and in several exchanges she appeared exhausted.
Kerber won 63 points, by 58 from the American, who left the All England center with a certain flavor of final farewell.
Earlier, Serena completed an almost perfect demolition work by defeating Russian Elena Vesnina, 6-2, 6-0 in 48 minutes, the shortest semifinal in Wimbledon history, and reaching this final for the ninth time, in addition to being just one win away from matching Germany’s Steffi Graf’s mark, with 22 Grand Slam titles won. It also secured number one for a few more weeks.
Champion in 2002, 2003, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2015, but without winning a Slam since last year at Wimbledon, Serena’s dominance was overwhelming. Knowing that in the four previous duels against Vesnina, she had never lost a single set, the little Williams used herself without responsibility, and with a tennis of great power and effectiveness.
At nine minutes Serena had already placed the 3-0 in her locker, and at 22 she was dominating 5-1. His service, unapproachable, his remains, deadly and his aggressiveness to the surface, made the game a complete monologue of the American.
Serena finished with 11 direct aces and without conceding a single break point with her serve. He broke Vesnina’s four times, and scored 28 winners, to his rival’s nine. With his serve he only gave up three points in the first set, and none in the second. Quite a show of force.
“I felt like I didn’t have a chance today, that’s the first thing,” said a resigned Vesnina. And that Serena was playing really well. He was on a roll and his serve was working great for him. He had a large percentage of firsts and placed them in an impressive way, “he said.
“I would have preferred to be quicker with my legs today to be able to defend better, but she was much better in all aspects, on the track,” said Vesnina, who is condemned today to face each other with Serena and her sister, in the doubles quarterfinals, where she is paired with her compatriot Ekaterina Makarova.
Serena has won five of the seven times she has faced Kerber. The German, in addition to the one reviewed from Melbourne this year, won 2012 in Cincinnati. Saturday will be her first match on grass, and the third final of a Slam for Serena so far this year.
Kerber aspires to be the first player to defeat Serena in two Grand Slam finals in the same year, and to become the successor to Steffi Graf, the last German to win at All England in 1996. EFE.