Serena Williams needed just 48 minutes to beat Elena Vesnina on Thursday, but sister Venus Williams fell short in her attempt to set up an All-Williams women's finale at Wimbledon when she lost 6-4, 6-4 to Angelique Kerber.
The 34-year-old Serena Williams showed dominating form in dispatching her Russian opponent 6-2, 6-0, with the six-time champion advancing to her ninth Wimbledon singles final.
"I was really focused today," Serena said in her post-match BBC interview. "I was ready. It's never easy out there. Every point you have to fight for."
It was the shortest semifinal match in the tournament in 17 years, with Vesnina saying afterward that, "I felt like I had no chance today."
Venus and Kerber were next to take the court, with tournament organizers delaying the second match a bit due to how quickly Serena won.
Kerber, who beat Serena at the Australian Open, will again attempt to deny the top-seeded American her 22nd career Grand Slam singles title. The fourth-ranked German will be playing in her first Wimbledon final.
Venus, 36, was playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal in six years and her first at Wimbledon in seven.
"It's just amazing, to beat Venus in the semis," Kerber said, via The Guardian. "It's always a really tough match against her, she's a champion, so I'm really happy about my first final in Wimbledon."
"I knew she was playing very well at the moment so I was ready, trying to move well and go for it and everything worked. It's just a very good feeling. I'm enjoying my tennis, I am playing the best tennis of my life and enjoying myself."
Venus, who suffers with Sjogren's syndrome, an auto-immune disease that causes chronic fatigue and muscle soreness, had her serve broken to open the match and fell behind 5-2 in the first set. Kerber was broken, but held on to win the set, and then held serve throughout the second set to close out the match.
That still provided much more drama than the first match, which saw Serena drop just three total points on her serve. She's now two sets away from tying Steffi Graf's Open era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles - with Kerber again in the way. Williams is 0-for-2 in Grand Slams finals this year, also losing to Garbine Muguruza at the French Open.
"I think for anyone else in this whole planet, it would be a wonderful accomplishment," Serena said. "For me, it's about obviously holding the trophy and winning, which would make it a better accomplishment for me.
"Obviously, I'm 0-for-2 (in major finals this year), so I'm determined to get at least one this year."