was handed his first red card in more than a decade in Citys 1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix after handling
LONDON -- Venus Williams sighed at the reporters question.After getting to her first Wimbledon semifinal since 2009, and first at any Grand Slam tournament since a year later, she was asked what she learned in recent times, while dealing with an energy-sapping disease and a series of earlier-than-usual exits from majors.Its hard to say just one lesson, she began. Its easy to be afraid; you have to let fear go. Another lesson is you just have to believe in yourself. You just have to. Theres no way around it. Youve got to believe in yourself. No matter how things are stacked against you, you just have to, every time.Williams never lost that belief, the self-confidence that she still could compete at the highest level, the certainty that it made no sense to give up, to retire from the tour.The good part is, I always felt like I had the game. This is always a plus, when you know you have the game, said Williams, who owns seven Grand Slam titles, including five at the All England Club, but none since 2008. So you just have to keep working until things fall into place.At age 36, they have.On Friday at Wimbledon, Williams will meet No. 4-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany for a berth in the final. Kerber has won three of their previous five matchups.The American is the oldest woman to participate in a major semifinal since Martina Navratilova did it at Wimbledon in 1994 at age 37.Its nice to see, because she puts in the work, said David Witt, Williams coach. She hasnt been back, but not because of her play. Any given tournament, shes capable of beating anybody in the tournament. Its just a matter of winning six, seven matches in a row and keeping your level of play at a high level.Someone who knows all about that is Williams younger sister, No. 1-seeded Serena, who faces 50th-ranked Elena Vesnina in Fridays other semifinal. If Vesnina -- who has never so much as taken a set off Serena in five previous meetings -- were to pull off the upset, she would be the first unseeded woman to reach the Wimbledon final in the Open era, which began in 1968.The 29-year-old Russian had never been past the fourth round at a major before this week.Serena, meanwhile, is bidding for her seventh Wimbledon championship and, of even more significance, her 22nd Grand Slam trophy overall, which would equal Steffi Graf for the most in the Open era (Margaret Court holds the all-time mark of 24).Serena has come close to drawing even with Graf before: At the U.S. Open last September, she lost to Roberta Vinci in the semifinals while aiming for a calendar-year Grand Slam; at the Australian Open in January, she lost to Kerber in the final; at the French Open in June, she lost to Garbine Muguruza in the final.Way back in 1999, the Williams sisters both reached the semifinals of the U.S. Open. 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The Melbourne derby will miss two of its biggest stars, with City goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen suspended and Victory attacker James Troisi laid out with injury.Veteran gloveman Sorensen, 40, was handed his first red card in more than a decade in Citys 1-0 win over Wellington Phoenix after handling the ball outside his area.The Dane will hand over the role to Dean Bouzanis to make his first start in 18 months, and for the club he joined in January, in front of a bumper Etihad Stadium crowd.But Bouzanis job got a little easier with the news that Australian international Troisi wont be there either.The 28-year-old broke his collarbone in a clash with Brandon Borrello, falling awkwardly onto his shoulder after Brisbane Roar winger appeared to tunnel him.Borrello was involved in several similar incidents in the 1-1 draw on Friday night and picked up a yellow card for a late challenge on influential midfielder Oliver Bozanic.But its Troisi who felt the after effects, soldiering on until his injury-time substitution.Scans in Melbourne on showed a fracture, with the club sending him for surgery less than 24 hours after the match.Troisis absence mean coach Kevin Muscat may need to depend more heavily on another recently-retuurned player, Marco Rojas.ddddddddddddRojas is in the United States with the New Zealand international side for a match at Wednesday lunch time (AEDT).The diminutive attacker scored in the Kiwis 2-1 loss to Mexico in Nashville, Tennessee on Sunday morning (AEDT), and Muscat said he expected him to play a role against City despite the fixture congestion and travel - even if he doesnt have time to train with the club before returning.At this stage (hell be back with the club) early Friday morning, he said.Well assess him when he gets in and well see (but) hell be involved, theres no two ways about it, if he declares himself fit.City coach John van t Schip said Bouzanis performance in the second half against Wellington, when the club was fighting to maintain its lead, showedBouzanis had to come in under very difficult circumstances and he showed immediately hes up to it, he said.He had some excellent saves, very important saves and he kept calm in some moments.We try to keep players who are not playing in the line-up ... ready when they have to jump in and Dean showed a very good example. 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