It’s sisters Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams in the final of the women’s singles competition of the 2017 Australian Open on Saturday. Serena is the more successful sister in the women’s tour and also leads their head-to-head meetings but Venus has played well in this Grand Slam tournament to reach the championship round.
Serena Williams, ranked World No. 2, holds a 16-11 edge over her sister, who is currently ranked No. 17. Their last meeting was in the quarterfinals of the 2015 US Open where Serena won in three sets, 6-2, 1-6 and 6-3. The last victory by Venus came at the 2014 Rogers Cup in Canada when she won in three sets, 6-7 (2), 6-2 and 6-3.
Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams in Melbourne
Serena Williams defeated Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. 6-2 and 6-1 in her semifinal match. Meanwhile, Venus Williams beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 6-3 and 7-6(3) in her own SF.
The Serena Williams vs. Venus Williams sibling rivalry had met twice at the Australian Open. The first one was in 1998 in the Round of 64 when Venus won in straight sets, 7-6 (4) and 6-1. The second one happened in 2003 when Serena won in three sets, 7-6 (4), 3-6 and 6-4. Overall, Serena holds the edge in Grand Slam matches, 9-5 and Grand Slam finals meetings, 6-2.
Serena stated in interviews that battling against her sister is always awkward. But she said she’s glad that Venus has come back to being among the best after struggling in previous seasons.
“Yeah, it definitely makes it uncomfortable. But after everything that Venus has been through with her illness and stuff, I just can’t help but feel like it’s a win-win situation for me. I was there for the whole time. We lived together. I know what she went through,” Serena Williams stated in the tournament’s official website.
“It’s the one time that I really genuinely feel like no matter what happens, I can’t lose, she can’t lose. It’s going to be a great situation.”
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