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Published: Пт, Января 27, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Venus and Serena Williams to meet in Australian Open final

Venus and Serena Williams to meet in Australian Open final

Federer also has the prize of a potential final against his old rival Rafael Nadal, who will play Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov in the other men's semi-final on Friday. After having two hip replacement surgeries - the left one in 2007, the right one in 2008 - I am playing the best tennis of my life as I approach 70.

With the wind in her sails, Vandeweghe simply blasted away in the second set, barely putting a foot wrong. Serena started the better, breaking for a 3-1 lead in the first set, but unforced errors eventually allowed Venus to dominate.

In the semifinals, Serena, 35, defeated Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 6-2, 6-1, and Venus rebounded from losing the first set to take out fellow American Coco Vandeweghe, 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-3. "The next match she will play Serena will be a different one". I fought through a few break points on her serve, kept on the pressure in the first set and then she finally cracked.

"Oh my gosh, I'm so excited", Venus said in her on-court interview, her voice rising. If Serena wins, it would take her past Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 major wins. If Serena advances to the semifinals, she'll become the second oldest Australian Open women's semifinalist in the Open Era.

But no African-American man has captured a Grand Slam title since Arthur Ashe won Wimbledon, the last of his three major championships, more than 40 years ago. "Maybe I've been there for a while but I'd like to keep it going".

"I'm really happy for Mirjana".

The sisters' most recent match beyond their upcoming one, was two years back in New York City.

Williams didn't reach the quarterfinals at any of the Grand Slams from 2011 - when she was diagnosed with the Sjogren's syndrome, which saps energy and causes joint pain - until the 2015 Australian Open. Lucic Baroni lost that Wimbledon semifinal in 1999 to 22-time major victor Steffi Graf. We also look at how they stack up against each other in numbers, and what's at stake in the final on Saturday.

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When the 34-year-old Croatian comeback, whose last grand slam quarter-final appearance was in 1999, beat American qualifier Jennifer Brady for a spot in the quarter-finals on Sunday, she shared a special message for the haters.

"Like I said, a Williams is going to win this tournament".

The older Williams has not reached a Grand Slam final since the 2009 Wimbledon loss to Serena.

At her press conference, Venus closed with a wish.

Williams believes she can go on and win the title.

"More than anything I'd love to see Serena across the net from me on Saturday", said Venus.

"At least, that's what I chose to tell myself this year. because I was lacking in confidence in certain tournaments and certain stages".

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