The Latest: Serena Williams off to fast start at Wimbledon

LONDON (AP) — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local):


1:20 p.m.

Serena Williams is off to fast start in the Wimbledon semifinals, breaking Elena Vesnina's serve twice to take an early 3-0 lead on Centre Court.


12:20 p.m.

If Serena and Venus Williams with their semifinals on Thursday, they will face each other in the Wimbledon final for the fifth time.

Serena beat her older sister in the 2002 and '03 finals, but Venus won the next one in 2008. A year later, Serena again triumphed.

Last year, the American sisters met in the fourth round, with Serena winning en route to her sixth title at the All England Club.

The Williams sisters also met in the semifinals in 2000, with Venus winning and going on to win her first Wimbledon title.


12:05 p.m.

Serena and Venus Williams will be back on court, separately, to play for a spot in the Wimbledon final.

Serena, a six-time champion at the All England Club, will be first on Centre Court against Elena Vesnina in the semifinals. Following that match, five-time Wimbledon champion Venus will take on Angelique Kerber.

The winners will play in Saturday's final.

But Serena and Venus won't be done after their singles, and neither will Vesnina. The American sisters will play in the doubles tournament on No. 2 Court later Thursday, taking on Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova in the quarterfinals.