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Serena and Venus set up fourth final

DEFENDING champion Venus Williams will face her sister Serena in tomorrow&rsquo;s Wimbledon singles&rsquo; final after the siblings clinched their places in vastly different fashion.<br /><br />Venus, vying for her third successive title and her fifth in total at SW19, obliterated top seed Dinara Safina 6-1, 6-0. Earlier, Serena had to save a match point against another Russian, Elena Dementieva, before winning a marathon contest 6-7 (4-7), 7-5, 8-6.<br /><br />It means one of the sisters will lift the plate for the eighth time in 10 years, after the all-American, Independence Day clash.<br /><br />Venus has lost in two out of three previous Wimbledon finals against Serena, but will start as the favourite after making a mockery of Safina&rsquo;s status as world No1.<br /><br />The American, who has won 34 consecutive sets in a run stretching back to 2007, won the first nine points of the match, breaking Safina&rsquo;s serve, and never looked back.<br /><br />Within 51 minutes the brutal thrashing had been completed, and Venus was savouring the prospect of another family tussle.<br /><br />&ldquo;This is my eighth final. It&rsquo;s a dream come true to be here again and to have the opportunity to hold the plate up,&rdquo; said Venus. &ldquo;But the hardest part is yet to come: to play Serena Williams.&rdquo;<br /><br />Serena, meanwhile, fought back from a set down in an exhausting but absorbing match against fourth seed Dementieva. Having lost the first on a tie-break Williams toughed out the second, saving several break points, and faced a match point before breaking the Russian at 7-6 and serving out.<br /><br />&ldquo;It was really, really tough,&rdquo; said Serena. &ldquo;She&rsquo;s been playing so well.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>FAMILY TIE </strong> ALL-WILLIAMS FINALS<br />2002&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Serena beat Venus 7-6 (7-4), 6-3<br />2003&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Serena beat Venus 4-6, 6-4, 6-2<br />2008&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Venus beat Serena 7-5, 6-4