Winning 'what makes me Serena', says Williams after setting up Wimbledon final


Serena Williams said reaching yet another grand slam final will mean nothing unless she retains her Wimbledon title on Saturday, stating "that's what makes me Serena" after thrashing Elena Vesnina.

The defending champion needed only 48 minutes to dismantle the unseeded Russian 6-2 6-0 in a brutal Centre Court demolition and reach a ninth singles final at the All England Club.

Top seed Williams showed no mercy towards the world number 50, easing to victory in double-quick time to move just one victory away from equalling Steffi Graf's Open-Era record of winning 22 major titles.

Williams will face Angelique Kerber in the final after the fourth seed beat the world number one's sister, Venus, in the second semi-final.

And the iconic American, who has not won a grand slam since Wimbledon last year, is determined to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish for a seventh time by gaining revenge for her defeat to the German in the final of the Australian Open back in January. 

Williams was also runner-up at the French Open last month when she was beaten by Garbine Muguruza, and asked how it feels to have reached all three major finals this year, Williams said: "I think it's great. I think for anyone else in this whole planet, it would be a wonderful accomplishment.

"[But] for me, it's about obviously holding the trophy and winning, which would make it a better accomplishment for me.

"For me, it's not enough. But I think that's what makes me different. That's what makes me Serena."

Williams was far too good for Vesnina, playing her first grand slam semi-final, but the 34-year-old said it was by no means straightforward.

She added: "It wasn't anything that was super easy. I was very intense the whole time. I ran and I worked hard. I served well, I moved well.

"The scoreline just reflected me doing what I know I can do."