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Serena thrashes Vesnina to reach Wimbledon final

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Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/7/16 USA's Serena Williams in action against Russia's Elena Vesnina REUTERS/Toby Melville
Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/7/16 USA's Serena Williams in action against Russia's Elena Vesnina REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Serena Williams thrashed unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-0 to reach a ninth Wimbledon final on Thursday.

The top seed and defending champion was totally dominant from the outset, sealing victory against the world number 50 in 49 minutes on a sunny Centre Court.

She could face sister Venus for the ninth time in a grand slam final if her elder sibling defeats Germany's Angelique Kerber in the day's second semi-final.

"It's never easy out there and every point you have to fight for," the 34-year-old, who lost three points on serve, said in a courtside interview.

"It's weird, I can't believe I'm in the finals again. I'm zero and two for (grand slam finals) this year so I want to get at least one."

Victory on Saturday would see the world number one draw level with Steffi Graf's professional era record of 22 grand slam titles.

(Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar)


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