|Serena Williams defeated Angelique Kerber for her third|
title in the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford in 2014.
Photo by Tri Nguyen/TriNguyenPhotography.com
They will meet on Saturday for the Wimbledon title in a rematch of this year's Australian Open final, in which Kerber stunned Williams 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Saturday's showdown will air live on ESPN at 6 a.m. PDT and on tape delay at noon on ABC.
The top-ranked Williams demolished unseeded Elena Vesnina, a 29-year-old Russian playing in her first Grand Slam singles semifinal, 6-2, 6-0 today in 48 minutes.
Kerber, seeded fourth, then beat 36-year-old Venus Williams, seeded eighth, 6-4, 6-4 to prevent the first all-Williams Grand Slam final since Serena triumphed 7-6 (3), 6-2 at Wimbledon in 2009.
|Angelique Kerber rejoices after beating Karolina Pliskova|
to win last year's Bank of the West Classic. Photo by
Serena Williams, 34, will try for the fourth time to tie the 28-year-old Kerber's fellow German and mentor, Steffi Graf, for second place with 22 career Grand Slam singles titles. Margaret Court has 24.
Serena Williams is 5-2 against Kerber, including a 7-6 (1), 6-3 victory for the 2014 Bank of the West championship. Williams also won the title in 2011 and 2012.
Kerber, a left-hander, defeated Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in last year's final at Stanford.
Neither Serena Williams, Kerber nor Pliskova is entered in this year's Bank of the West Classic, July 18-24 at the Taube Family Tennis Stadium. Heading the field, pending the addition of four wild cards, are No. 3-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska and No. 9 Venus Williams.