June 30, 2009 / 1:37 PM / 8 years ago

Venus downs Radwanska to reach semis

Venus Williams of the U.S. returns the ball to Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during their match at the Wimbledon tennis championships, in London June 30, 2009.Eddie Keogh

LONDON (Reuters) - Third seed Venus Williams stayed resolutely on course for a third successive Wimbledon title with a 6-1 6-2 victory over Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska in their quarter-final on Tuesday.

Venus, seeking her sixth career title here, has not lost a set at Wimbledon since the 2007 third round and the 11th seeded Radwanska rarely threatened a shock on a sun-kissed Court One.

"She's such a great grasscourt player, she plays the ball so low and plays so quick. I was happy to get through," Venus said in a courtside interview.

"I can't complain, the semi-finals at Wimbledon is right where I want to be."

At the prospect of a fourth Wimbledon final against sister Serena on Saturday, she said: "That would be fantastic, something I am hoping for, of course."

Venus raced to the first set in 27 minutes and though the Pole broke early for a 2-0 lead in the second, the seven-times grand slam winner reeled off six straight games, clinching victory with a forehand winner after an hour and eight minutes.

She will play top seed Dinara Safina of Russia or unseeded German Sabine Lisicki for a place in Saturday's final.

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