SPORT Venus, Ser­ena through to Wim­ble­don semi-fi­nals

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Five-time cham­pion Venus Williams reached the Wim­ble­don semi-fi­nals for the first time since 2009 with vic­tory over Kaza­khstan’s Yaroslava Shve­dova.

Eighth seed Williams - at 36 the old­est Grand Slam semi-fi­nal­ist for 22 years beat un­seeded Shve­dova 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

An all-Williams fi­nal re­mains pos­si­ble af­ter top seed Ser­ena beat Rus­sian Anas­ta­sia Pav­lyuchenkova 6-4, 6-4.

In Thurs­day’s semis, Ser­ena will play Rus­sia’s Elena Ves­nina and Venus will take on Ger­many’s An­gelique Ker­ber.

“We don’t re­ally talk too much about it but we are play­ing dou­bles later, so we are just happy to be in the semi-fi­nals,” Ser­ena told BBC Sport.

Asked about a po­ten­tial fi­nal meet­ing, she added: “It will be great. Venus is such a tough op­po­nent I want her to win so bad - not in the fi­nal if I am there, but if I’m not, I do.”

Ker­ber, the fourth seed, beat Ro­ma­nian fifth seed Si­mona Halep 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) in the open­ing match on Cen­tre Court.

Un­seeded Rus­sian Ves­nina thrashed Slo­vakian 19th seed Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2 in the re­main­ing quar­ter-fi­nal on court one.

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