After dominating in the semi-finals , sisters Venus and Serena Williams will face each other in the finals of the Australian Open this weekend.
At age 36, Venus is the oldest player to reach a women’s major final since Martina Navratilova, then 37 and 258 days, at Wimbledon in 1994. She is back in a Grand Slam final for the first time since Wimbledon in 2009 and her first in Australia since 2003. Venus Williams has overcome an energy-sapping illness and is playing her best tennis since being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome in 2011.
Venus Williams has won seven major titles, but none since Wimbledon in 2008. Her gap between major finals is the longest for any player in the Open era. She’s also lost six of the eight Grand Slam finals she’s played against her younger sister, and is 11-16 in their career meeting at tour-level.
No. 2-ranked Serena Williams, a six-time Australian Open winner is just one win away from a record 23rd Grand Slam title. The last time the sisters played in the Australian Open final was 2003, with Serena beating her older sister.
“She’s my toughest opponent — nobody has ever beaten me as much as Venus has,” Serena Williams said. “I just feel like no matter what happens, we’ve won.
“She’s been through a lot, I’ve been through a lot. To see her do so well it’s great. I look forward to it — a Williams is going to win this tournament.”
We may never see another sibling duo dominate the way the Williams’ sisters have for so many years. It has been a pleasure to see them fight through adversity with class and silence their haters by winning.
Congratulations Venus and Serena!