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Video by FRANCE 24

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2009-07-01

Both the Williams sisters are through to the Wimbledon semis after outclassing their opponents in the quarter-finals. Venus (pictured) will face Dinara Safina for a place in the final, while Serena will play Elena Dementieva.

AFP - Wimbledon braced itself for a fourth all-Williams singles final on Tuesday after Venus and Serena stormed into the semi-finals as their outclassed opponents wilted in 33-degree heat.

Five-time champion Venus eased to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska while Serena, a two-time champion, saw off Belarusian eighth seed Victoria Azarenka 6-2, 6-3.

The sisters have featured in seven of the last eight finals and there were few signs on Tuesday that the family monopoly is about to be broken.

Venus, 29, who will be in her eighth Wimbledon semi-final in 10 years, next tackles Dinara Safina, the world number one and top seed, who will be playing in her first.

Serena, the second seed, will face Russian fourth seed Elena Dementieva.

Venus, bidding to become the first woman to win three successive Wimbledon titles since Steffi Graf's treble from 1991 to 1993, has now won 32 consecutive sets at the All England Club, a run stretching back to the third round in 2007.

She shrugged off the heat to breeze through the first set in 27 minutes, serving up two love games on her way to a 5-0 lead before the 11th seeded Radwanska got on the board.

The Pole broke to love to lead 2-0 in the second set but that was as good as it got for the 20-year-old who had no answer to the American's brutal hitting power.

Venus ran away with the next six games to claim victory in 68 minutes.

"I really had to play well. It was close at the start of the second set. She's a good grass court player so I'm happy just to get through," said the third seed.

"If it was an all-Williams final that would be fantastic but we still have great players to meet and will have to bring our best tennis to the court."

Serena, the 2002 and 2003 champion, was rarely troubled by Azarenka as she wrapped up victory in an hour and 13 minutes on Centre Court.

"We had to up our games today. We had tough opponents, so we had to," said Serena. "I felt like I really wanted to show up today."

Safina, still searching for a first Grand Slam title, had to come back from a set down for the second day in succession as the Russian saw off unseeded German teenager Sabine Lisicki 6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-1.

Safina was hit with a code violation for racquet abuse when she double-faulted on set-point in the first set tie-break, but she recovered her composure to make the last four.

"I think I was Santa Claus today serving so many double faults," said Safina, who served up 15 in all.

"It's not going to be easy playing against Venus. She likes playing on grass and I have nothing to lose."

"Grass is definitely her best surface. She loves playing here. I will go out and play the way I can."

Dementieva, like Safina still without a Grand Slam title, reached her second successive Wimbledon semi-final with a comfortable 6-2, 6-2 win over London-based Italian Francesca Schiavone.

Dementieva has not dropped a set so far, losing just 20 games.

"I wish I had had a little more fight so far, but it's good to win my matches in straight sets," said Dementieva, the Olympic gold medallist.

Date created : 2009-06-30

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