Venus and Serena Williams both win in Wimbledon quarters
Is it too early to think about another Williams sisters rematch?
LONDON — The Williams sisters could be headed for another meeting in a Grand Slam final.
Mounting another title run at the age of 36, five-time champion Venus beat Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan 7-6 (5), 6-2, advancing to the semifinals for the first time since 2009 and for the first time at any major since the 2010 U.S. Open.
“I love playing the game. I always have,” the eighth-seeded Venus said. “When you’re winning matches, it makes it that much sweeter. I can’t lie about that.”
After being down 5-2 in the tiebreaker, she ran off five straight points to take the first set, then rolled through the second set on No. 1 Court. She’s one win away from returning to the Wimbledon final for the first time since 2009, when she lost to Serena.
“The wins and the losses, they all lead to these big moments,” Venus said. “You can’t always have this big moment. If you’re Serena Williams, I guess that happens a lot. As Venus Williams, this is an awesome day.”
A short while later Tuesday, Serena beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-4, 6-4 on Centre Court, finishing the match with a 123 mph ace to extend her record in Wimbledon quarterfinals to 10-2.
Venus will next face No. 4 Angelique Kerber, the Australian Open champion who held off No. 5 Simona Halep 7-5, 7-6 (2) in the first match on Centre Court, a defensive battle that featured 13 breaks of serve, including eight in a row in the first set.
Asked about the possibility of meeting her sister and doubles partner in Saturday’s final, Serena smiled.
“It would be great,” she said. “Obviously, she’s such a tough opponent. But I want her to win so bad — obviously not in the final if I’m there. But, if I’m not there, I desperately want her to win.”
Serena leads 16-11 overall and 4-2 at Wimbledon against her sister. Venus defeated Serena in the 2000 semifinals en route to her first title and again in the 2008 final. Serena has beaten Venus in the 2002, ’03 and ’09 finals, and in the fourth round last year.
Venus Williams, the oldest player in the women’s field, has made a remarkable resurgence in her 19th appearance at Wimbledon. She was already the oldest player to advance to a Grand Slam quarterfinal since Martina Navratilova made it this far at Wimbledon in 1994 at the age of 37.
Venus, who also won Wimbledon titles in 2001, ’05 and ’07, has been slowed in recent years by Sjogren’s syndrome, a condition that can cause joint pain and saps energy.
Kerber has a 3-2 career edge against Venus, but they haven’t faced each other since 2014. The German won in straight sets on grass at Wimbledon at the 2012 London Olympics, and captured her first major this year in Australia.
“We’ve had a lot of great matches, she and I. We haven’t played in a while,” Venus said. “Clearly, she’s had a great year, another great result in the slam.”
Serena never faced a break point Tuesday, winning the last three games of each set to extend her record against Pavlyuchenkova to 6-0. She will go into the semifinals with a 4-0 record against Vesnina.