The 2016 Wimbledon Championships will not play host to the first Grand Slam singles final meeting between Venus and Serena Williams for seven years after mixed results for the famous tennis sisters on ladies semi-final day.
Six-time winner Serena will contest her ninth final at the All-England Club and is just one win away from equalling Steffi Graff's Open Era record of 22 Grand Slam titles after a ruthlessly fast demolition of Russia's Elena Vesnina on centre court.
The world number 50 was the lowest-ranked female player to reach the last four since Sabine Lisicki in 2011, but proved no match for the defending champion and gave up 25 of 43 points on her own serve en route to being swept away 6-2, 6-0 in a time of just 48 minutes. Not since Lindsay Davenport vanquished fellow American Alexandra Stevenson 17 years ago has a women's semi-final contest been won so swiftly.
"I'm very happy," Serena said after wrapping up the most emphatic of victories that included 11 aces, 28 winners, seven unforced errors and only three service points lost.
"I was very focused today because we've had a lot of tough matches before and I knew that on this surface she could really bring it to me. It's never easy out there.
"Every point you have to fight for so it's never easy. It's weird. I can't believe I'm in the finals again. Obviously I'm 0 from two [in major finals this year] so determined to get one."
Things did not go so well for elder sibling Venus, Wimbledon's oldest semi-finalist in 22 years, who was denied a place in a first major final since 2009 with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat to Angelique Kerber. Neither player could control their own serve during a topsy-turvy opening set that saw five consecutive breaks before the German finally held to lead 4-2.
Kerber then looked to serve for the set but was broken again and Venus finally held at the fifth time of asking to reduce the arrears. She could not force the issue any further, however, and succumbed to an early deficit.
Problems with that serve quickly manifested once again and Kerber was able to break in the first game of the second set. Venus could not level proceedings after that and her defeat was sealed by a sensational cross-court winner.
"It's just amazing," a triumphant Kerber beamed. "To beat Venus in the semis is always really tough, she's a champion and has won so many times here – that's why I'm really happy with my game. I was trying to just go for everything, moving really well and the last point was a amazing.
"I knew she was playing really well. I was trying to go for it and it worked, just a really good feeling. Right now I have a lot of experience from my last few years on tour. I am playing the best tennis and have a great team around me."
Serena Williams vs Kerber is a rematch of January's Australian Open final, when the first-time finalist stunned the reigning champion and backed up victories over Victoria Azarenka and Britain's Johanna Konta by winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.