LITESPORT London Lite Wednesday, 1 July 2009 43 BREAKING NEWS... EnglandCookovertheAsheswarm-up THE CHAMPIONSHIPS WIMBLEDON 2009 WOMENS SEMI-FINALS Tomorrow. live on BBC2, 1pm-3.25pm, 5.50pm-8pm. BBC1, 1.45pm-6pm On a different planet: Venus Williams on her way to an easy quarter- final win yesterday If youre playing the Williams way, nobody can touch you RICHARD WILLIAMS has added his voice to the growing consensus that daughters Venus and Serena will contest Saturdays final at Wimbledon. If he had harboured any doubts that the two girls would go head-to-head for the championship for a fourth time, they were dispelled yesterday as he watched two one-sided quarter-finals. On Court One, reigning champion Venus lost just three games against struggling 11th seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland. Then Serena dismantled Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, the eighth seed, for the loss of five games on Court Two. Proud dad Richard (left) said: I think they are both playing super well. Theyre playing the Williams way. And when youre playing the Williams way, its very difficult for anyone to touch you. DINARA SAFINA (1) v VENUS WILLIAMS (3) SAFINA knows full well she is only the top seed here because she plays more often than the Williams sisters. She served 15 double faults in her quarter-final against German Sabine Lisicki yesterday and looks unlikely to break her Grand Slam duck. But the Russian insists: I beat her in Rome, so I know her weapons, and I have my own. ELENA DEMENTIEVA (4) v SERENA WILLIAMS (2) Dementieva lost to Venus in the semi-finals last year but went on to win gold at the Beijing Olympics. She looked impressive against Francesca Schiavone yesterday but knows Serena will be a different prospect altogether. She said: Serenas biggest weapon is her serve. Six years ago I played her on Centre Court, Im more experienced now. GIVEN THE first shots of the 2009 Ashes echoed around the sun-baked nation today -- with Essex opener Alastair Cook the star of the morning. With Australia slumping to 24-2 in their warm-up game against the second-string England Lions, the real England team enjoyed an opening stand of 61 against Warwickshire. At Worcestershires New Road, Test discard Steve Harmison got rid of Phillip Hughes (right) -- caught by Kents Joe Denly for seven -- then Graham Onions dispatched captain Ricky Ponting -- caught by Vikram Solanki for one. But the Aussies recovered to reach 106-2 at lunch with Michael Hussey on 37 and Simon Katich 55 not out. At Edgbaston, England were 114-1 with captain Andrew Strauss the only casualty. He was caught by Rikki Clarke off the bowling of Naqaash Tahir for 31 off 57 balls. Alistair Cook swept to a half- century in the morning session and was 63 not out with Ravi Bopara (eight not out) at lunch. NO FREDDIE FEARS: PAGES 40 &41 2 index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html