No surprise here.
The five-time Wimbledon champion was in perfect form and brushed aside the first seeded Russian in under an hour while barely breaking a sweat.
Williams began the match with a serve of 112mph, and followed it with the fastest delivery of the tournament at 124mph to consolidate her early break in the second game. She needed only 51 minutes to demolish Safina and reach her eighth Wimbledon final.
Two-time champion Serena saved a match point and overcame Elena Dementieva 6-7 (4), 7-5, 8-6 in 2 hours, 49 minutes – the longest women’s semifinal at Wimbledon in at least 40 years.
Though pushed to the limit by the fourth-seeded Dementieva, Serena raised her game when she needed in one of the most compelling women’s matches at the All England Club in years. During the course of the match, Serena served 20 aces – the most for a woman at Wimbledon since 2000.
The Williams sisters – who hold 17 Grand Slam titles between them – will face each other Saturday on the Fourth of July.
One Williams or the other has won seven of the past nine championships at the All England Club. Serena beat Venus in the 2002 and ’03 finals here, while Venus came out on top against her younger sister last year.
Venus is bidding to become the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1991-93 to win Wimbledon three years in a row.
There have been seven previous all-Williams championship matches at majors, with Serena holding a 5-2 lead. Overall, the sisters are tied 10-10.
The irony is that despite suffering a disgraceful defeat, Safina will remain the world number one regardless of whether Venus or Serena Williams seals victory in the final on Saturday.
Who are you rooting for?