Did you know the Williams sisters last played for the Australian Open title 14 years ago?
They’re set to do it again on Saturday and, like Venus said, it won’t be an easy match.
Arguably, the match will be another thrilling confrontation of the most successful careers in tennis.
Interestingly, Venus and Serena met for the first time at Melbourne Park. Now, they’ll meet there again for the 2017 final, their ninth major final.
While a win would hand Venus her first Australian Open trophy, and her first Slam title in almost nine years, it would see Serena bag an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title.
Commenting on the much anticipated clash, the elder sister Venus said: “it won’t be an easy match. I know that it won’t be easy. You have to control yourself, then you also have to hopefully put your opponent in a box. This opponent is your sister, and she’s super awesome.”
Serena also commented that her inspiration comes from Venus after she defeated Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in the semifinals.
“My big sister is basically my world and my life,” she said. “She means everything to me. I couldn’t be happier with these results, and for us both to be in the final is the biggest dream come true for us.
“She’s my toughest opponent, nobody has ever beaten me as much as Venus has. I just feel like no matter what happens, we’ve won. She’s been through a lot, I’ve been through a lot. A Williams is gonna win the tournament,” Serena celebrated.
If you aren’t aware already, the phenomenal achievements of the Williams sisters started after their dad watched a match on television and decided to make his daughters the greatest tennis players in the world.
Below are things you ought to know about the Williams sisters before Saturday’s Australian Open title at Melbourne Park.
- The Williams sisters, Venus and Serena were respectively birthed on June 17, 1980, and September 26, 1981.
- As professional tennis players the sisters have meet 27 times in professional tournaments.
- They played their first professional match against each other in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open, Venus won.
- Their most recent face off was in the quarterfinals of the US Open in 2015 which Serena won.
- Presently, their head-to-head record is 16–11 in Serena’s favor.
- Venus and Serena Williams are the only two women during the open era to play each other in four consecutive Grand Slam finals.
- Both sisters have been ranked World No. 1. While Venus was ranked as such for 11 weeks, Serena held the record for 309 weeks.
- While Venus holds 49 singles titles, Serena hold 71.
- The sisters have won 21 titles in the doubles they played together. That, includes 14 Grand Slam titles and 3 Olympic gold medals.
- Come Saturday, Venus will take a shot at her first Grand Slam title since 2009, and, Serena will be making tennis history for going beyond Steffi Graf’s record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles.