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Wimbledon: Serena and Venus target all-Williams final

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Serena and Venus Williams will be looking to set up a meeting in the Wimbledon final when they both play their semi-finals on Thursday. 

World No 1 Serena takes on unseeded Elena Vesnina in the first match on Centre Court at 1pm before 36-year-old Venus faces Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber.

The sisters have 11 Wimbledon titles between them and last met in the final at the All England Club in 2009.

"I'm surprised of the longevity of it. That kind of definitely took me by surprise," said Serena. "When you're younger and you have a dream and you say it and you believe it, that's one thing. But for it to really happen and to come true, it's just a completely different emotion.

"It means Venus has a lot of perseverance. She's a real fighter. Like I always say, it's super inspiring for me. It's really great.

"With everything she's been through, I think it's built a ton of character in her, and in me just by being around her."

While Serena is looking to equal Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 majors, Venus is aiming to win her first Grand Slam title since 2008.

"Semi-finals feels good. But it doesn't feel foreign at all, let's put it that way," she said after her straight-sets win over Yaroslava Shvedova in the quarter-finals.

"All those other semi-finals helped me to have the experience to be in this semi-final."

Fourth seed Kerber has a 3-2 head-to-head lead over Venus and is yet to drop a set on her way to the semis.

"I'm playing really good tennis right now. I think I'm playing like in Australia, really high-class tennis," said the German.

Following the singles, Serena and Venus will pair up in the doubles quarter-finals to take on Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova.

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