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Kerber ousts Venus to set up Wimbledon showdown against Serena

Updated: Jul 07, 2016 22:31 IST

Johannesburg, July 7 (ANI): Reigning Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber on Thursday overcame Venus Williams in straight sets to set up a mouth-watering clash against world number one Serena Williams in the Wimbledon women's singles final.

The German recorded a 6-4, 6-4 win over five-time champion Venus in the semifinals as she spoiled the prospect of a all-Williams showdown at the All-England Club.

Earlier in the day, Serena cruised into her ninth final after demolishing unseeded Russian Elena Vesnina in just 48 minutes in the first semifinal.

Kerber stunned Serena to win her maiden Grand Slam crown in the Australian Open final in January and the German will once again stand in the way of the world number one's bid to win a record-equalling 22nd major on Saturday.

Reflecting on her triumph, Kerber said she was delighted to be in her first Wimbledon final but added that she would be wary of the American prodigy, Sport24 reported.

Kerber would become the first German woman to win Wimbledon since Steffi Graf in 1996, if she can claim another upset win over Serena. (ANI)

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Pune [India], Feb.14 (ANI): Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe completed a six-wicket haul before Steve Smith's half-century guided Australia to a lead of 298 runs against India at the end of the Day Two of the opening Test at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium here on Friday.

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PV Sindhu set to be Deputy Collector

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 15:08 IST

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London [U.K], Feb.24 (ANI): Ending months of speculation over his future with Manchester United, England captain Wayne Rooney has confirmed that he will not be leaving the Old Trafford club anytime soon.

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Mirza-Strycova ease into Dubai Open semis

Updated: Feb 24, 2017 11:12 IST

Dubai [UAE], Feb.24 (ANI): Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza and her partner Barbora Strycova of Czech Republic booked their place in the semi-finals of Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships following a straight-sets victory in their women's doubles clash here last evening.

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London [U.K], Feb.24 (ANI): Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri has been sacked from his position, only nine months after leading the club to their maiden Premier League title in their 132-year history.

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