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LONDON -- Venus Williams sighed at the reporters question. Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit Australia .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. Now here they are, almost 17 full years later, both in the semifinals of a Grand Slam tournament for the 11th time. On all 10 previous occasions, one or the other took home the trophy.If both win Thursday, they would play each other on Saturday in what would be the siblings ninth meeting in a Grand Slam final and fifth at Wimbledon.For Serena, it would mean shes participated in the last three major title matches, seven of the past eight.For Venus, it would be her first Grand Slam final since 2009, when she lost at Wimbledon to -- guess who? -- Serena.With everything shes been through, I think its built a ton of character in her, Serena said, and in me, just by being around her.---Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich Nike Vapormax For Sale . The Nashville Predators were glad their captain was still on their side. 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He will likely serve as the Bills third tight end behind starter Charles Clay and backup Nick OLeary.Its been two and a half years of not really getting an opportunity, and I was ready to get an opportunity to play and tried to make the best of what I could do, Thomas said Monday. I think this gives me the best opportunity to do so.Thomas was a fourth-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2014 after three seasons as Virginia Techs starting quarterback. Thomas spent the 2010 season as a backup to then-Hokies quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who will now throw passes to him as the Bills quarterback.Thomas appeared in two games for the Cardinals as a rookie, attempting nine passes. He spent most oof last season on the Miami Dolphins practice squad and had several stints on the New York Giants practice squad earlier this season. Nike Vapormax Flyknit Moc Black. .Thomas said he first worked out for the Lions at quarterback and then tried out as a tight end. He said tight end, a new position for him, is a completely different language, a completely different move.You see things from a quarterbacks eyes way different than you did right beside the guys in the trenches, he said. Its something that youve got to bite your pride a little bit and move on.Thomas was a three-year starter at Virginia Tech at quarterback, and he had a few plays at receiver for the Hokies during his redshirt freshman year in 2010. He had two career receptions for 11 yards at Virginia Tech and rushed 495 times for 1,359 yards and 24 touchdowns as a dual-threat quarterback.ESPN Lions reporter Michael Rothstein contributed to this report. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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