London: Serena and Venus Williams are closing in on another family final at Wimbledon after the sisters cruised through to the last four here yesterday.
Serena Williams celebrates her victory yesterday. Pic/AFP
The most famous siblings in tennis last met in a major final here in 2009 and stand one win each away from a reunion after Venus beat Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova and Serena overcame Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Venus' run is the more surprising. Her most recent grand slam semi-final came at the US Open six years ago, but the American continued her recent resurgence with a 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 victory on Court One.
The 36-year-old is the oldest woman competing in singles at this year's championships and she will next face Germany's Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber, with the target an appearance in a 15th major final.
Venus Williams is ecstatic after registering a quarter-final win over Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova in London yesterday. Pic/Getty Images
Kerber, however, stunned Serena earlier this year to claim her first major title in Melbourne and she is in good form again, after beating Romania's Simona Halep 7-5 7-6 (7/2).
"I love playing the game. I always have of course and when you're winning matches it makes it that much sweeter," Venus Williams told the BBC after the match.
Serena, meanwhile, will face Russian Elena Vesnina, the World No 50, who had only once before gone past the Wimbledon third round but dismissed Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-2.
The 21-time major champion looked ominously untroubled during her 6-4, 6-4 win over Pavlyuchenkova but insists she is not yet thinking about a showdown with her older sister. "No I'm just trying to win my match, I had a tough opponent today and have a tough semi-final," Serena said.