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August 18, 2019

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Serena Williams advances to Wimbledon finals

In a Wimbledon of shocking upsets, normal service has been temporarily resumed after today’s semifinals: there will at least be a Williams sister in Saturday’s Ladies Final Day.

With sister Venus Williams tumbling out of the tournament after a brave performance by the unseeded Bulgarian Tsvetana Pronkova in the quarterfinals, it was left to Serena Williams to keep it in the family.

It’s hard to believe what these two have achieved here at Wimbledon. At least one of the Williams sisters has advanced to nine of 10 finals since 2000; including 4 all-Williams finals.

Venus holds five singles titles and Serena will chase her fourth this Saturday. Even more daunting is the realization that at 28 years of age, Serana holds 12 Grand Slam titles.

She overcame an unexpectedly tough test Thursday from the Czech left-hander Petra Kvitova, surviving a tough first set in a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory to advance to her fourth straight Wimbledon finals.

In the other semi Venus’s conqueror, Pironkova, was playing the No. 21 seed, from Moscow, Vera Zvonareva. The Russian came from a set down to end her opponent’s fairy tale run to the semis. She took the match 3-6 6-3 6-2.

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