The Williams sisters may have had to work harder lately, but this time around the Wimbledon 2016 finals may end up a family affair. Venus Williams won against Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6 (5), 6-2, while Serena only took an hour and thirteen minutes to beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 6-4.
Venus Williams, a five-time Wimbledon champion, has not reached the semifinals since 2009. She rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the first set, but the former world number 1 player has been through so much more in the past.
In fact, Williams had struggled so badly that her rankings slumped to as low as 135th in the world when she was diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an illness that causes chronic fatigue and muscle soreness.
But Venus Williams’ victory reminded spectators of the formidable form she once had despite being the oldest woman in the tournament at 38.
“I love playing the game, I always have. Of course, when you’re winning matches it’s sweeter but the wins and the losses always lead to this moment.” Venus said.
She will face Angelique Kerber of Germany next, who has an edge against Williams 3-2 head to head.
Meanwhile, the nerves that Serena Williams used to have been pressured to tie Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam titles did not seem to bother her during the latest match. If at all, it was her opponent Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who made a series of errors that paved the way for Williams’ victory.
Serena Williams seems to be gradually regaining her self-confidence. She said, “I’m not as tall as all the other players. So it’s strange that I have such a strong, hard serve. But I have to say what I think really my game is my mental toughness because just not only to be able to play, to win, but to be able to come back when I’m down.”
“Both on the court and after tough losses, just to continue to come back and continue to fight, it’s something that takes a lot of tenacity.” She added.
Serena is scheduled to face Russian Elena Vesnina next.
On a potential finals match against her sister, Serena said, “We’re happy to be in the semi-finals. It’s so cool, it’s great. I want her to win so bad…but not in the final if I’m there!”
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