A step too far for Venus as Kerber marches into her first Wimbledon final

Angelique KerberGerman Angelique Kerber dominated throughout the Wimbledon semifinal against Venus Williams, who was looking forward to setting up an eagerly-awaited battle with her sister Serena Williams in the championship match.

The first set was filled with drama, breaks of serve being swapped for fun, as the momentum ebbed and flowed between the players, leaving the bookmakers completely undecided on who would take the second finalist's position after Serena Williams' dominant win over Elena Vesnina. Eventually, the first to hold serve after five straight breaks was Kerber, going 4-2 up in the first set and then taking the set on her second try to serve it out. Breaking early in the second set was enough for Kerber to hold onto and she fought her way to winning the encounter 6-4 6-4.

The match was evenly contested, but the German stepped up when the important points were there for the taking. It was always going to be a monstrous effort for Venus to make the title match, but she deserves huge credit for pushing Kerber to the limit.

The 2016 Wimbledon final will be a rematch of this year's Australian Open final in which Angelique upset Serena 6-4 3-6 6-4. (photo: Jimmie48)

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