Still defying time…
The Williams Sisters were on court again last night and secured their place in round three of the 2015 Australian Open, 17 years after their first visit to Melbourne.
They are the only two women during the Open Era to play each other in four consecutive Grand Slam finals. These fierce competitors have a closeness that is unquestionable; making it a very positive rivalry, that at times is difficult to watch. Playing together they have compiled a record of 13 Grand Slam doubles titles, 3 Olympic Gold Medals and overall 21 titles.
Venus, 34, breezes into the third round with a win over fellow American Lauren Davis via a quick fire one hour and 16 minutes. She beat Davis 6-2 6-3 ensuring a place for both sisters in the last 32 on Saturday.
Why the Australian Open is a place of significance for the Williams Sisters
Their first professional match against each other was in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open, with Venus beating Serena in the second round.
“I just remember what a tough match [it was],” Venus said. “It was just relentless. I think it finally ended with a break in the third. That’s all I can remember. It was very tough I think for both of us. Neither one of us could get the upper edge. It was just a marathon.”
The sisters met most recently in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup on Aug 9, 2014, won by Venus. It marked the 25th all-time meeting between the Williams sisters.
The current head to head record is 14–11, in Serena’s favor. They have met in a total of eight Grand Slam tournament finals (with Serena again leading Venus 6–2). About their
sister-friendly rivalry, this is what Serena had to say:
“I definitely don’t like playing her. I think I’ve lost to her more than anyone on the tour. Definitely not a fun match,” said Serena. “She’s tough. She has a great serve. She runs every ball down. She has a great backhand. She hits winners off the forehand.”
They didn’t play at all during a three-year stretch starting in 2010. Each meeting now takes on a special importance because it’s never known which one will be the last.
And if all bodes well we just might have another joyous occasion of seeing Venus and Serena in another face-off in the semi-finals of this year’s Australian Open.
Venus and Serena…
still as close as ever and still defying time – the Williams Sisters
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