WIMBLEDON, England — Serena Williams will be playing for two Wimbledon titles Saturday after she teamed Friday with sister Venus to reach the doubles final.
The Williams sisters struggled with their serves in the first set but recovered to beat Americans Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond, 2-6, 6-1, 6-2. They won seven straight games to take the second set and grab a 3-0 lead in the third.
They broke Raymond's serve again in the final game, with Venus hitting a volley winner on their first match point.
Serena will play Agnieszka Radwanska in the singles final as she looks for her fifth Wimbledon title. A few hours after that, the Williams sisters are scheduled to go for their fifth title in doubles. They will be playing Czechs Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka, who beat Flavia Pennetta and Francesca Schiavone of Italy in the other semifinal.
Serena said her busy schedule shouldn't affect her chances against Radwanska.
"It would be good to have a day off," she said, "but also it's good to practice in doubles because I get a lot of match play, practice some returns, some serves."
While the No. 3-ranked Radwanska seeks to become Poland's first Grand Slam title winner, the No. 6-ranked Williams has a shot at her first major championship since Wimbledon in 2010. Shortly after that victory, she cut her feet on glass at a restaurant, required two operations and spent more time in a hospital because of blood clots in her lung and a pocket of blood under the skin of her stomach.
"I really thought Serena was going to die," said her father and coach, Richard Williams. "This is the most important tournament that Serena would ever win ... because Serena didn't think she'd ever play tennis again. She told me so."
She was sidelined nearly a year before rejoining the tour in June 2011, and her ranking sank to 175th.
"I just wanted to make it through everything that I was going through and become a survivor," she said.