Wimbledon 2016: Experience counts for Venus as she reaches the semi-final

The experienced American came through in straight sets against Shvedova to advance to the semi-final

Wimbledon 2016: Experience counts for Venus as she reaches the semi-final
Venus celebrates her quarter-final win over Shvedova (Picture source: Getty Images)

Five-time champion Venus Williams has advanced to the semi-finals of Wimbledon after defeating Yaroslava Shvedova in straight sets, 7-6, 6-2.

Williams had to battle hard in the first set against Shvedova, who was playing very well, to come through in a close tiebreak as experienced counted for the American.

The second set was much more one-sided as Williams came through it breaking Shvedova's serve twice to win it 6-2.

Venus will now play Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals as she looks to get through to the final.

Venus makes her experience count to win the first set tiebreak

Williams got the match underway with a service hold but had to save two break points in the opening game.

Shvedova though responded well to hold her serve well before both players saved break points in their next games to hold their service games for 2-2.

Shvedova though got the first breakthrough in the match by breaking Williams serve finally after all the pressure she had applied on all the other games.

Williams though wasn't going to lay down and used her experience to break straight back to level the score at 3-3.

Both players then couldn't be separated in their next few games which saw the first set go to a tiebreak at 6-6.

The first few points in the tiebreak went with serve until Shvedova got the first mini-break to go 4-2 in front.

Shvedova then held serve for 5-2 but Williams came back strong and broke back before taking the next four points in a row to win the tiebreak 7-5 and the first set 7-6.

Venus battled hard to win the first set | Photo: Getty
Venus battled hard to win the first set | Photo: Getty

Venus breaks Shvedova's serve twice to power her way through the second set and advance to the semi-final

At the start of the second set things went from bad to worse for Shvedova as she was broken in the first game and left with it all to do.

Williams though couldn't make the break count as Shvedova came back strong and got the break back and was hoping to push on from there.

The problem though was now Williams was starting to hit her best form and broke again to leave Shvedova questioning how she was going to hold her own serve again.

Williams then backed up the break of serve, this time, around with a love hold to go 3-1 ahead in the second set.

Venus then was relentless in the next game by breaking Shvedova's serve once again to go 4-1 ahead. Venus then held her serve to go within one game of the match.

Shvedova made sure that Venus was going to have to serve out the match on her own serve by holding her serve.

Venus then serving for the match made it tricky for herself as the game went to deuce but the experienced American got through the game to win the set 6-2 and the match by two sets to love.