Serena Williams have progressed to the semifinals of the Wimbledon open after beating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 6-4.
Williams was rarely troubled by Pavlyuchenkova, serving well to maintain control throughout the match. After exchanging four service games each, Williams played a winning backhand return to clinch a break.
After serving for the set, Williams continued pressure her opponent with powerful groundstrokes. Pavlyuchenkova struggled to contain the American, and the breakthrough came once again in the ninth game of the set, as Pavlyuchenkova found the net.
With Williams serving for the match, the will of Pavlyuchenkova failed and the top seed ended the match with an ace, setting up a tie with Vesnina.
In similar fashion, sister Venus Williams progressed to the Wimbledon semi-finals after overcoming Yaroslava Shvedova 7-6 (7-5) 6-2.The 36-year-old remains on course for a possible final against younger sister Serena after coming through her quarter-final against the unseeded Shvedova.
After taking the first set to a tie-break, Shvedova broke early to claim a 5-2 lead. However she lost her nerve, firing wide, and Williams took advantage, mounting a comeback to reel off five straight points to take the tie-break and the set.The second set proved more straightforward for the seven-time Grand Slam champion, who twice broke Shvedova and opened up a 5-1 lead, before finishing the contest on her own serve.