Serena Williams maintained her hopes of completing the first calendar-year Grand Slam of her career by demolishing Maria Sharapova to reach the Wimbledon final.
The five-time champion extended her 11 year unbeaten record against the Russian by winning 6-2 6-4 and will play Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in Saturday’s showpiece.
In truth, the second semi-final of the day was never really a contest on Centre Court and, with victories at the Australian and French Opens already in the bag, Williams will be the overwhelming favourite to wrap up her third major title of the year.
The fact the encounter was being billed as a rivalry is a disservice to Williams, particularly after her latest dismantling of Sharapova makes it 17 straight victories for the world number one in their head to heads.
And the signs in the early stages were not good for Sharapova, with the number four seed surrendering the opening game of the match following three double faults.
The first set bypassed extremely quickly and, at 6-2, almost flattered the Russian given Williams’s dominance over her opponent.
Sharapova, the 2004 champion, began the second set in more positive fashion but again her serve failed her in the fifth game, allowing Williams to break and then consolidate to take it 6-4.
And the American will battle 20th seed Muguruza for her sixth career title at SW19 after the Spaniard reached her first Wimbledon final by beating former runner up Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 3-2 6-3.