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Williams Sisters to clash in Australian Open Final

Venus and Serena Williams will meet in a Grand Slam final for the ninth time after the American sisters came through their semi-finals in Melbourne.

Venus Williams
Venus Williams during her 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3 victory over CoCo Vandeweghe

Thirteenth seed Venus Williams, 36, beat fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-3 to reach her first major final since 2009. World number two Serena Williams, 35, saw off unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2 6-1 in the second semi-final.

It would also be a seventh Australian Open victory for the younger Williams sister, while Venus hopes to win an eighth major title, first in Melbourne and first since Wimbledon in 2008.

Saturday will be their first Grand Slam final against each other since Wimbledon 2009 when Serena won in straight sets.

“It is unbelievable to watch Serena play tennis – the way she hits the ball and the competitor she is,” Venus Williams said after the first semi-final.”It would be a dream to see her on the opposite side of the net on Saturday.”

 

Serena Williams
Serena Williams during her 6-2, 6-1 victory over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the second womenas semifinal

 

Speaking after her win, Serena said: “I am really proud of Venus – she is a total inspiration. I am really happy for her and to be in the final together is a dream for us. She is my toughest opponent, no-one has ever beaten me as much as Venus. I feel no matter what that we have both won after all we have been through. I know a Williams is going to win this tournament.”

All-Williams finals in major tournaments were once a tennis staple, but this will be the first since Wimbledon in 2009 when Serena Williams defeated Venus Williams in what was also Venusas most recent Grand Slam singles final appearance.
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Sibling Rivalry

Serena and Venus Williams
Serena Williams and Venus Williams will face off for the 28th time

The sisters have faced off 27 times in professional tournaments, most recently in the quarterfinals of the US OpenAon September 8, 2015, won by Serena. As of 2017, their head-to-head record is 16a11 in Serena’s favour.

Venus will be competing for her first Grand Slam title since 2009, while Serena will be competing for the title and, more importantly, also tennis history for finally surpassing Steffi Graf’s record total of 22 Grand Slam singles titles.

The Women’s Singles Australian Open final will take place on Saturday, 28 January at the Rod Laver Arena at 02:00 pm IST.

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