Venus Williams reaches sixth Wimbledon final

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Venus Williams reached the Wimbledon final for the sixth time, dominating yet another player ranked in the top 10.

Updated: July 07, 2007 14:26 IST
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Wimbledon, England:

Venus Williams reached the Wimbledon final for the sixth time, dominating yet another player ranked in the top 10.

The three-time champion at the All England Club beat No 6 Ana Ivanovic 6-2, 6-4 on Friday in the semifinals to become, at No 31, the lowest-ranked woman to reach the final since the rankings began in 1975.

"I was playing well in the first set and I didn't give her any chances," said Williams, who was ranked 16th when she won Wimbledon in 2005, the lowest previous ranking. "In the second, there were one or two games when I didn't play as well as I wanted to."

Williams will play No 1 Justine Henin or No 18 Marion Bartoli in Saturday's final.

In the men's draw, four-time defending champion Roger Federer, No 2 Rafael Nadal and No 4 Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals. No 3 Andy Roddick was playing No 12 Richard Gasquet in the other quarterfinal.

Started with injury

Williams started the season with a wrist injury. Seeded only 23rd at the All England Club, she struggled early in the tournament, coming within two points of defeat against 59th-ranked Alla Kudryavtseva in the first round and trailing 5-3 in the third set against 71st-ranked Akiko Morigami in the third round.

In the fourth round, Williams easily beat No 2 Maria Sharapova in a match that started Tuesday but was suspended for the night by rain after only three points were played. On Thursday, Williams eliminated fifth-ranked Svetlana Kuznetsova.

"There's been so much rain and I was the one playing catch up. I was the one behind the rest of the draw," Williams said. "So it's exciting to be the first one in the final."

Williams started strong on Friday, winning 12 of the first 16 points to break Ivanovic twice and eventually take a 4-0 lead.

She had three match points while leading 5-3, but Ivanovic saved them all and made Williams serve out the match. On the fourth match point, Ivanovic sent a backhand wide.

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