Serena Williams beat Elena Vesnina 6-2 6-0 to book her place in the Wimbledon final. The defending women’s champion required just 48 minutes to dispatch the unseeded Russian player and will play in her 9th final on the Centre Court at the Wimbledon
Serving for the match, Serena went 30-0 up with a beautiful backhand volley. An ace, her 11th in the game and then a smash sealed her win. A match away from her 22nd grand slam title, there was no doubt about whose way this game was going.
It became apparent when in the second set Vesnina looked as if she wanted to get off the court as soon as she could. She was unable to move and stood at the baseline full of despair, hanging her head and shoulders bowed. Vesnina didn’t even play badly, she wasn’t allowed to play. With 25 winners and 11 aces, Williams totally outpowered and outfought the Russian.
Williams was untouchable with her serve and dominated Vesnina throughout the game. Vesnina was no match for the formidable women’s world number one. It was perhaps never an equal contest too. World No.1 against world no.50, a 29-year-old doubles specialist playing her first grand slam semifinal. In their past four meetings, Vesnina had been unable to even take a set off Williams. Today was no exception and miracles did not happen.
After her loss all Vesnina could do was smile graciously. They’ll meet again in the women’s doubles match later. And Vesnina will be looking forward to it. As for Williams, she’ll face her older sister Venus or her conqueror in the Australian Open finals, Angelique Kerber in this year’s Wimbledon finals.