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Last Updated: Friday, 6 July 2007, 15:56 GMT 16:56 UK
Venus power too much for Ivanovic
By Piers Newbery
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Venus Williams
Williams has reached the final for the sixth time
Venus Williams remains on track for a fourth Wimbledon title after hammering Ana Ivanovic 6-2 6-4 in the semis.

The American's power and athleticism were too much for the 19-year-old French Open finalist to cope with in an opening set that lasted 35 minutes.

Ivanovic recovered an early break in the second set, to the delight of the Centre Court Crowd, but Williams regained the advantage in game seven.

Williams served out comfortably to reach her sixth Wimbledon final.

She will face Marion Bartoli on Saturday after the Frenchwoman stunned top seed Justine Henin.

"The wind was swirling, I had to do what I could," Williams told BBC Sport. "She played well and definitely picked up her game every game, so I had to too.

I'm a little bit disappointed but at the end of the day I lost to a great champion

Ana Ivanovic

"I didn't give her any chances in the first set but she was right back in there in the second, she's a tough competitor.

"I'm so excited - so much rain and I was the one playing catch-up, I was the one behind the rest of the draw, so I'm very happy to be the first one in the finals."

In a Centre Court bathed in unfamiliar sunshine, Williams carried on where she had left off in demolishing Svetlana Kuznetsova and Maria Sharapova in the last two rounds.

The 2000, 2001 and 2005 champion was 4-0 up inside 15 minutes on Centre Court and quickly took the first set.

Ivanovic, playing in her first Wimbledon semi-final, crumbled in her first Grand Slam final against Henin in Paris last month and a repeat looked on the cards.

The Serbian did recover a break in game four of the second set but simply could not cope with the all-action Williams, who repeatedly attacked the net with considerable success.

Ivanovic saved three match points on her own serve but Williams made no mistake in the following game, sealing victory when Ivanovic sent a backhand wide.

"I'm a little bit disappointed but at the end of the day I lost to a great champion," said Ivanovic.

"She has a very powerful serve and I'm sure a very high percentage of first serves, that was the big difference.

"She's very aggressive, stays low and hits the ball quite flat. In the last few matches she's played better and better so she has a very good chance (in the final)."



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