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SERENA BEATS VENUS AT WIMBLEDON

2015-7-7


LONDON, England - Serena Williams lifted her game at just the right moments to edge Venus Williams in a tight two-setter and move into the quarterfinals of Wimbledon for the first time since 2012.

Venus posed a massive threat - not only had she won the pair's last meeting, but she's also the only player to beat Serena twice on grass. She's a five-time champion at Wimbledon, too, just like her sister.

But the No.1-seeded Serena grabbed critical breaks at the most critical of moments in the match - 2-all in the first set, 3-all in the second set - and took out the No.16-seeded Venus in straights, 6-4, 6-3.

"I played solid," Serena said. "I knew playing someone like Venus, who's beaten me the most, I had to be solid. I had to cut down on my unforced errors. I had to take chances. And I was able to do that.

"Venus is playing really well. She could probably have played a lot better, as well. I've been there watching her practice every day and train, and she's practicing well, and she's putting in the time, and she's really feeling better. And you can start to see that being reflected in her game these days.

"Boy, she has a game to just knock anyone's socks off. So you just have to be ready."

Venus reflected on the match in her post-match press conference.

"It was just about the breaks, holding serve," the former No.1 said. "I think we were both hitting really well off the ground. She was able to capitalize on some short balls - she's been playing so well.

"It'll be tough for anyone to defeat her. Maybe she didn't have her best day in the last round, but she found a way to win against an inspired opponent, and that's what it takes to win these championships."

With the win, Serena improves to 15-11 against Venus, 8-5 in Grand Slams and 4-2 at Wimbledon.

The World No.1 also improves her Grand Slam winning streak to 25 matches in a row - she's won the last three Grand Slams in a row, at the US Open last year and Australian Open and French Open this year. And she's now just three wins away from completing another Serena Slam (her first Serena Slam consisted of the 2002 French Open, 2002 Wimbledon, 2002 US Open and 2003 Australian Open).

Next up is No.23 seed Victoria Azarenka, who cruised past No.30 seed Belinda Bencic, 6-2, 6-3.

Williams leads Azarenka in their head-to-head, 16-3, and has won all three grass court meetings in straight sets, but Azarenka has pushed her hard in their two 2015 meetings - she held match points in Madrid, and she was up a set and had leads of 3-1 and 4-2 in the second set at Roland Garros.



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