SERENA AND Venus Williams will face each other in the Australian Open final after winning the semis today (Jan 25).
It will be the first grand slam final between the siblings – who own a combined 29 majors in careers that have spanned three decades – in eight years.
“This is probably the moment of our careers so far,” Serena told reporters. “For me, I can definitely say for me.
“I never lost hope for us being able to play each other in a (grand slam) final although it was hard because we’re usually on the same side of the draw.”
They progressed in contrasting fashions, with Venus edging free-swinging, fellow California native CoCo Vandeweghe 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-3 before Serena crushed Croatian veteran Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2 6-1 in 50 minutes.
“After everything that Venus has been through with her illness, I just can’t help but feel like it’s a win-win situation for me,” Serena said.
The women’s final “won’t be an easy match. I know that it won’t be easy,” Venus said after earning her spot. “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.”