On Thursday evening American sisters Venus and Serena Williams provided scintillating rallies as the two battled for a slot in the Sony Ericsson Open Women’s Final on Saturday, April 4.
Maintaining her World No. 1 status while securing her place in the championship match, Serena defeated World No. 6 Venus 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. The sisters now stand at an even 10-10 in their 20 meetings.
Of the sister’s record Serena said, “I definitely knew about it. It’s definitely good to even it up. I would love to be in the lead again.”
While moderately entertaining, this match was filled with errors. Venus suffered six double faults and the biggest serving players in women’s tennis served just above average (for them of course). Additionally, somewhere in the midst of the second set Serena began to have a slight limp, which by mid third set was very apparent. Nonetheless, she soldiered on and ran down every ball that came back across the net.
“Venus never gives up,” said Serena. “She gets a lot of balls back and has a massive serve. Just when you get her down she gets an extra umph and plays extra hard. You can’t lose focus at all, especially when you’re up. You have to actually play better when you’re in the lead.”
“It was a well fought match,” said Venus. “I definitely would have liked to get a few more points off my serve. I think my serve wasn’t going as well as I wanted today. But she brought a lot have balls back and played tough. I did the best I could today. I’m just looking to do better always.”
“I’m excited because I was thinking that I would love to remain No. 1, so obviously I was really excited about that,” said Serena. “I mean, I think I was more happy about that than winning the match at the end.”
Serena will meet Victoria Azarenka in the final. The two last played one another in January at the Australian Open at which time Azarenka retired. With regard to meeting Azarenka again Serena said, “She played me really, really tough in Australia. She was not feeling great, but I thought she did a pretty good job.”
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