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Serena Inches Near £2m Wimbledon Prize Money

Posted: Jul 8, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Peter Edema
Serena Williams brightened her chances of winning Wimbledon women’s singles £2 million prize money on Thursday after dispatching Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-0 in what look like a training session in 48 minutes in the first semi-final.
But her older sister, Venus was not all that lucky as the hope of Williams sisters final was halted by German Angelique Kerber, who won the second semi-final 6-4, 6-4.
Venus’ deepest Grand Slam run in half-dozen years ended one victory short of what would have been yet another Wimbledon title match against her sister Serena.
Bothe Venus and Vesnina will each go home with £500,000, being the prize for failing to reach the final.
So now, instead of an all-Williams final on Saturday, it will be Kerber against Serena in a rematch of the Australian Open final won by the German in January.
That was Kerber’s first Grand Slam title, and prevented Serena from collecting her record-equaling 22nd. Now Serena is once again so close to that number.
Since winning her sixth Wimbledon trophy a year ago to raise her career count to 21 majors, Serena has come quite close to tying Steffi Graf with 22, the most in the Open era, which began in 1968 (Margaret Court holds the all-time mark of 24). But Serena was surprisingly beaten by Roberta Vinci in the U.S. Open semifinals last September, then by Kerber in Melbourne, and by Garbine Muguruza in the French Open final last month.
Meanwhile, Roger Federer will headline the men’s semi-final matches on Friday as he plays Canadian Milos Raonic before Andy Murray takes on Tomas Berdych.