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 Sabine Lisicki of Germany wraps herself in cold towels while being handed a bag of ice, during her women's singles quarterfinal against Dinara Safina...
 Venus Williams of U.S. plays a return to Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during their quarter final match at Wimbledon, Tuesday, June 30, 2009. (AP Pho...
 Elena Dementieva of Russia plays a return to Francesca Schiavone of Italy  during their quarter final match at Wimbledon, Tuesday, June 30, 2009. (AP...
 Dinara Safina of Russia feels the heat, on her way to defeating Sabine Lisicki of Germany, in their quarterfinal match at Wimbledon, Tuesday, June 30...
 Serena Williams of U.S. acknowledge the crowd after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their quarterfinal match at Wimbledon, Tuesday, June 30...
 Serena Williams of U.S. slips and fall while playing Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their quarterfinal match at Wimbledon, Tuesday, June 30, 2009. (...

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Sabine Lisicki of Germany wraps herself in cold towels while being handed a bag of ice, during her women's singles quarterfinal against Dinara Safina...

Britain Wimbledon Tennis

Venus Williams of U.S. plays a return to Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during their quarter final match at Wimbledon, Tuesday, June 30, 2009. (AP Pho...

Britain Wimbledon Tennis

Elena Dementieva of Russia plays a return to Francesca Schiavone of Italy during their quarter final match at Wimbledon, Tuesday, June 30, 2009. (AP...

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Dinara Safina of Russia feels the heat, on her way to defeating Sabine Lisicki of Germany, in their quarterfinal match at Wimbledon, Tuesday, June 30...

Britain Wimbledon Tennis

Serena Williams of U.S. acknowledge the crowd after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their quarterfinal match at Wimbledon, Tuesday, June 30...

Britain Wimbledon Tennis

Serena Williams of U.S. slips and fall while playing Victoria Azarenka of Belarus in their quarterfinal match at Wimbledon, Tuesday, June 30, 2009. (...

Serena Williams seems to have found a peculiar way to keep her vanity table uncluttered, even if her 33 tennis trophies, cups and plates weren't exactly designed to store her makeup brushes.
The 10-time Grand Slam champion said Tuesday she hasn't yet taken time to admire her prizes, instead putting them to a more practical use.
"I use some of my trophies for makeup brushes," Williams said after reaching the Wimbledon semifinals by beating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-2, 6-3. "Maybe (someday) I'll just take a step back and be like, 'Hmmm.' Take all the makeup brushes out and really appreciate every title and every trophy."
Williams smilingly said the best trophy for the job was the one she won in Indian Wells, California, in 2001. It was at that tournament the family was booed after Venus withdrew just before a semifinal match against Serena. Their father, Richard, said those jeers were racially motivated, and the sisters have boycotted tournament since then.
Serena has won two Wimbledon championships, beating big sister Venus in the final in 2002 and '03. Venus beat Serena in last year's final.
They could meet for the 21st time in their careers on Saturday at the All England Club. Serena plays Elena Dementieva in one semifinal while Venus faces top-ranked Dinara Safina in the other.
"Right now I'm just thinking about winning my next round, which is another tough match," Serena said.
Venus also knows what to expect if they both advance to face each other in a Grand Slam final for the eight time.
"You have to be on your best game," said Venus, who is 2-5 against Serena in major finals, "and hopefully she might not be on her best game."
As a team, the Williams sisters are the defending doubles champions at Wimbledon. Venus said she hopes to continue playing together for many years to come.
"We've talked about playing the 2012 Olympics," Venus said. "We've talked about playing doubles in the 2016, because we hope it goes to Chicago. That's pretty much where our timeline is heading."
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DEFENDING THE ROOF: A day after the first match played in its entirety under a roof at Wimbledon finished, the tournament's organizers were already defending the conditions on Centre Court.
Andy Murray beat Stanislas Wawrinka under the translucent roof and stadium floodlights 2-6, 6-3, 6-3, 5-7, 6-3. The nearly four-hour match ended at 10:39 p.m., and Murray said when it was over that the humidity was so bad "it was like I'd been in a bath."
Ian Ritchie, the chief executive of the All England Club, said he did not think the humidity was a "great factor."
"I think he's entitled to his opinion," Ritchie said of Murray, who is trying to become the first British man to win a singles title at Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936. "I'm sure on reflection he will look at what an enormous positive it was for him.
"If there was some humidity in the air it wasn't on the court. I think the court was bone dry."
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TOO EASY?: Elena Dementieva served nine double-faults before beating Francesca Schiavone 6-2, 6-2 Tuesday and reaching the Wimbledon semifinals, and she attributed her struggles to an easy first four rounds at the All England Club.
"I wish I had a little bit of more fight before this round. But we'll see if I'm going be ready for this (next) one," said the fourth-seeded Russian, who will face two-time champion Serena Williams. "(But) it was good to win all these matches in two sets and save some energy for the big moment _ a semifinal."
Dementieva also reached the semifinals at Wimbledon last year, losing to eventual champion Venus Williams.
"The fact I was in the semifinal last year was a great experience and I feel more confident now," Dementieva said. "I just feel there are a lot of aspects in my game that I can improve still. And by working very hard during the off season, I can see some good changes."
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TOO HOT: Medical officials said they treated 132 people at the All England Club on Tuesday, most of them for heat-related problems. Only one was taken to the hospital.
The temperature on Centre Court reached 29 C (84 F).
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Associated Press writer Clare Lovell contributed to this report.


Updated : 2021-06-20 06:50 GMT+08:00