Svetlana Kuznetsova

Venus Williams serves strong, earns spot in Wimbledon semifinal

Venus Williams serves strong, earns spot in Wimbledon semifinal

Youth was served.

And served. Then served even harder.

In a blink it was over Tuesday, with Venus Williams making short work of Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko in a Wimbledon women’s quarterfinal, 6-3, 7-5.

On a drizzly day when play was suspended because of weather, Williams rained down aces — eight, compared with one by Ostapenko — and saw 53% of her serves go unreturned.

“Been working on that serve,” said Williams, 37, who has won Wimbledon five times and made her debut in the storied tournament the same month 20-year-old Ostapenko was born. “It's working out for me just in time, just for these later rounds. I'd like to think that I can continue to rely on that as the...

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