Kerber confident she can beat Serena in final showdown

Thu Jul 7, 2016 1:49pm EDT
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By Pravin Char

LONDON (Reuters) - Germany's Angelique Kerber said she felt confident about facing Serena Williams in Saturday's Wimbledon final after beating the world number one in Australia earlier this year, and warned: I'm even more dangerous on grass.

The fourth seed gatecrashed the Williams sisters' Wimbledon party when she overpowered Venus 6-4 6-4 in the semi-finals on Thursday, setting up the clash with Serena.

She is aiming to become the first German woman since Steffi Graf 20 years ago to lift the Wimbledon singles crown, and to confound Serena's efforts to equal Graf's professional era record of 22 grand slam singles titles for the second time this year.

Kerber beat Serena on a hard court in the Australian Open final in January to lift her first grand slam title and said this would stand in her in good stead for Saturday's showdown.

"I will go out there with a lot of confidence. I will go out there like in Australia, trying to show her I'm here to win the match," said the 28-year-old, who has yet to drop a set at Wimbledon this year.

"I'm feeling good about my movement on grass courts, I can serve a little bit better. This makes me much more dangerous than on hard."

Kerber was just eight years old when Graf lifted her seventh and last Wimbledon singles crown, and she said it would be a dream to emulate her by winning at the weekend.

"She was always an idol for me, I have watched a lot of matches, on YouTube sometimes," she said. "I met her few times - the last time she told me, just believe in yourself.   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 7/7/16 Germany's Angelique Kerber in action against USA's Venus Williams REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth