championship match as the second seeded Williams defeated the fourth seeded Elena Dementieva of Russia 6-7(4-7), 7-5, 8-6 in the longest ladies' semifinal or final of the open era.
Serena Williams, in a match dramatic even for a player whom drama follows, overcame several key forehand errors and hit 20 total aces to do her part in setting up the all Williams final.
However it was Venus Williams in semifinal number two who displayed stunning tennis as she dominated the top raked Safina completely in only 51 minutes after Safina had claimed previously she had a 50-50 chance to win.
Williams hit 16 winners for the day to only one unforced error as she hit winners seemingly at will while Safina struggled to cope with the immediate aggressiveness of Williams' first strike tennis.
And while today rightfully belonged to the Williams sisters, tomorrow England will hope for an equally great performance from their own Andy Murray of Britain and Scotland in the men's semifinals.
Tommy Haas (GER) v. Roger Federer (SUI)
As always I love to pick the underdog if possible. But it's hard to pick Haas as he's lost his last eight matches to Federer and has not beaten the Swiss since 2002.
Both players possess all-court games, but Federer simply executes much better than Haas. Haas must attack and play aggressive tennis to have any chance for an upset.
Winner: Roger Federer
Andy Roddick (USA) v. Andy Murray (GBR)
Murray leads Roddick head to head 6-2 and has shown dramatic improvements in his game while Roddick seems content on depending on his record breaking serve to pull out the win.
The problem is Murray possesses a very capable return of serve and should unleash an all-court assault to thrill the British crowd.
Winner: Andy Murray