Williams wins at Wimbledon

July 1, 2008 7:57:04 AM PDT
Defending champion Venus Williams moved a step closer to her fifth Wimbledon singles title Tuesday, beating Tamarine Tanasugarn in straight sets to reach the semifinals and close in on another potential championship matchup with sister Serena. Williams downed the 31-year-old Tanasugarn 6-4, 6-3 on Court 1 to extend her career record over the Thai player to 7-0. The seventh-seeded American, who hasn't dropped a set all tournament, was limping slightly at the end of the match with a hamstring problem.

"It feels a little bit tight," she said. "I'll be fine. I'm a big girl. I can deal with it."

Two-time champion Serena Williams, seeded No. 6, was scheduled on Centre Court later against 19-year-old Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland.

The Williams sisters are in opposite halves of the draw and could meet in Saturday's final. The two have been twice before in the Wimbledon final, with Serena winning both in 2003 and '04.

"That would be amazing if we both were in the final," Venus Williams said. "I have to take it one more step and keep playing power tennis."

Tuesday's other matchups were No. 5 Elena Dementieva vs. Nadia Petrova, and No. 18 Nicole Vaidisova vs. China's Zheng Jie.

The 60th-ranked Tanasugarn, playing in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal, pushed Williams as hard as she could but didn't have enough to cope with her power game.