May. 13, 2016
Battle of the Sisters: The Williams Face Off at Australian Open Final
"A Williams is going to win the tournament," Serena joyfully said knowing that she would face her sister in the Australian Open final this Saturday.
Having a rivalry with your sibling at a young age can be dangerous, but for the Williams sisters? Yeah, they've been competing with and against each other for years. The sister duo will be facing each other in the final of the Australian Open, which Venus hasn't been in since 2003. Serena is the more dominant sister as of right now as she leads the sister rivalry with 5 wins over Venus. Their last match was in September of 2015 during the quarterfinals of the US Open, which Serena won in a 6-2, 1-6, 6-3 match.
In the very beginning of the two sisters playing professionally, Venus was dominating the game. From 1998-2000, Venus had a 4-1 lead over Serena in terms of their matches against each other. Fast forward to 2017 and Serena is leading the epic sibling rivalry 16-11.
“She's my toughest opponent,” said Serena Williams. “No one has ever beaten me as much as Venus has. She has a pretty good record against me, and we have a good record against each other. I just feel like, no matter what happens, we’ve won. She’s been through a lot, and I’ve been through a lot. And to see her come back and do so well is great.” (The New York Times)
The two sisters were taught by their father, Richard Williams, in a different way than most tennis players were growing up. Their footwork, movement, and serve all came from the coaching of their father. In fact, he wrote a plan that was 78 pages full of tennis material that he would use to coach his daughters. Although Venus is one year older than Serena, both were able to learn and practice together at the same time. Venus would turn professional at the age of 14 in 1994 before Serena followed in her footsteps just one year later to play professionally at the age of 14.
This match is going to be an epic one because if Serena wins this match she make history by breaking the record for most Grand Slams with 23. She is currently tied with Steffi Graff at 22. Venus has 7 Grand Slam titles in the span of her 22-year career.
It will be the 28th time that Serena and Venus will meet in a final, and Serena seems to be the favorite. However, it's kind of hard not to root for Venus who happens to be the underdog in this match. If you saw her reaction to winning the semifinal and advancing to the final then you know that it was very emotional for her.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, please watch this joyful video of Venus winning
And of course I have to include Serena and her post-match interview after defeating Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, knowing that she would be facing her sister in the Australian Open final.
The match will be televised on February the 28th at 3:30am ET in the United States. You probably want to record the match or stay up and watch because (1) this rivalry is like no other and (2) you will witness history if Serena wins.