Venus Ousts Serena to Net Final Against Davenport

Published July 7th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Fifth seed Venus Williams will meet defending champion Lindsay Davenport in Saturday's women's singles final at Wimbledon after she ousted younger sister Serena 6-2, 7-6 (7/3) in Thursday's semi. 

Venus beat her eighth-seeded sibling in 1hr 27min, while fellow American Davenport hurtled past unseeded Australian teenager Jelena Dokic 6-4, 6-2 in almost half the time, taking just 51min to make her experience count. 

Dokic, playing in her first senior Tour semi, had no answer to the titleholder's heavy groundstrokes and precision, although both women had trouble holding serve in a first set of seven breaks, four in the champion's favor. 

Venus won a tension-filled, heavy-hitting encounter with Serena as she hung tough when it mattered, although neither sister played well. 

The end when it came was an anti-climax as Serena served up a sixth double fault. 

"I don't think I played that well today. I missed a lot of shots, especially on my forehand side. Venus played pretty well and I wasn't all that ready," said Serena afterwards. 

"I expected to do a lot better, but I'm only 18, Venus is 20. I've a lot of years ahead of me! Tennis isn't 100 percent of our lives." 

Davenport, meanwhile, said she had found her form after coming to London with back problems and despite a bad cold she had no trouble swatting Dokic even though she hardly got out of third gear. 

"It wasn't great but I obviously played a level above Jelena," said the 24-year-old. 

"It's funny to look at the difference between this year and last year. Then, everything came so easy. This year I've had to fight a lot harder. I got through the first week not playing well. 

"You just kind of play as well as you need to to win." 

To retain her title, Davenport may have to play somewhat better. 

Teenager Dokic seemed unflustered by her defeat. 

"I think I didn't play as well as I could have done. She got through it, that's what counts," she said before adding that she had found the physical presence of Davenport intimidating having never faced her before. 

"I was thinking about the occasion, that takes over a little bit. But I'm quite glad with what I've done with this tournament" – (AFP) 

 

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