The final of the 2017 Women’s Australian Open on Saturday will be fought between Venus and younger sister, Serena.
This is the final even the neutrals hoped for. It will be the 29th meeting between the siblings after explosive 28 past clashes.
The Americans are arguably the most popular women’s tennis acts in recent years especially for those who appreciate
the aesthetics that the siblings bring to the sport. Newslegend.com.ng presents the previous meetings between both
stars at the Australian Open only.
Second Round, 1998: Venus defeats Serena, 7-6(4), 6-1
This second round match in Melbourne marked the first time Venus and Serena played each against other in a
professional tennis competition. 17-year-old Venus was seeded No. 16 and defeated Serena 7-6(4), 6-1.
“I feel good that I won,” Venus said after the match. “Even though it was Serena, I’m still a competitor. After the
match I told her, ‘Serena, I’m sorry I took you out. I didn’t want to, but I had to do it.’”
In the next two years of their careers, Venus and Serena faced each other three more times, with Venus winning each
match-up, before Serena was finally able to win in the semifinals at Indian Wells in 2001.
Final, 2003: Serena defeats Venus, 7-6(4), 3-6, 6-4
The Williams sisters’ meeting at the 2003 Australian Open marked the fourth consecutive major final between the two,
but the first final at the Australian Open. By advancing to the final, Venus and Serena also became the first
players in the Open Era to face each other in four straight Grand Slam finals.
Serena avenged her loss to her sister in 1998 and won the match 7–6(4), 3–6, 6–4. The victory marked the completion
of the first “Serena Slam,” where Serena became the first player since Steffi Graf to hold all four Grand Slams at
the same time.