Venus, Serens Williams advance to womens semifinals at Wimbledon.

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LONDON - Venus and Serena Williams moved closer to another Wimbledon final Tuesday, using their power tennis to cruise into the semifinals in straight sets.
Defending champion and four-time winner Venus Williams beat Thailand's Tamarine Tanasugarn 6-4, 6-3. Two-time champ Serena swept past 19-year-old Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-4, 6-0.
The Williams sisters are in opposite halves of the draw and could meet in Saturday's final. The two have played twice before in the Wimbledon final, with Serena Williams winning both in 2002 and '03
"That would be amazing if we both were in the final," seventh-seeded Venus said. "I have to take it one more step and keep playing power tennis."
Venus will next face fifth-seeded Russian Elena Dementieva, who wasted a 5-1 lead and two match points in the second set before beating compatriot Nadia Petrova 6-1, 6-7 (6), 6-3 to reach her first Wimbledon semifinal.
Sixth-seeded Serena will play Zheng Jie, who became the first Chinese player to reach the semifinals of a Grand Slam by beating Nicole Vaidisova 6-2, 5-7, 6-1. The 133rd-ranked Zheng is also the first wild-card entrant to reach the women's semis at Wimbledon and second at any Grand Slam.
In men's doubles play, Toronto's Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic of Serbia advanced to the semifinals with a 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 victory over Kevin Anderson of South Africa and Sweden's Robert Lindstedt.
But sixth-seeded Brazilian Henrique Cunha beat Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., 6-4, 6-4 in a second-round boys singles match.
The Williams sisters will be heavy favourites to set up their sixth Grand Slam final showdown. Serena leads 5-1 in Slam finals and 8-7 in overall matches.
"We want to deserve to be there," Venus said. "We have to play the best tennis to deserve it, so our aim is just to play better than our opponents and really deserve to be there."
Neither sister has dropped a set so far in the tournament, and their big serves and punishing ground strokes have put them a class above the rest of the field.
"I think I have a lot of power, so it helps," Venus said. "Definitely the power helps."
Venus was limping slightly at the end of her match with what she said was a tight left hamstring.
"I'm fine," said Venus, who has also reached the women's doubles quarter-finals with Serena. "I'm walking around on two legs, doing good, so I'm not really concerned right now."
The 60th-ranked Tanasugarn, playing in her first Grand Slam quarter-final, pushed Williams as hard as she could but didn't have enough to cope with her hard-hitting game.
Williams served eight aces and had one serve at 127 miles an hour while Tanasugarn had no aces and an average first-serve speed of just 90 m.p.h.
Tanasugarn fashioned 10 break points, but converted only once. The key game was the sixth of the first set, when Williams saved six break points - mostly on Tanasugarn errors - and finished with a 126 m.p.h service winner to hold for 4-2.
"I think my key has been serve in this tournament," Venus said. "Any time I'm down break-point, double break or something like that, my serve gets me out of it."
Serena had a much easier time with Radwanska, a former Wimbledon junior champion. She had 11 aces, broke five times and needed just 51 minutes to complete her match on Centre Court.

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