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Australian Open 2017: Venus & Serena Williams to meet in 9th Grand Slam final

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Serena Williams of the U.S. confers with her sister, Venus Williams (L), in the women's doubles tennis gold medal match against Czech Republic's Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka at the London Olympic Games, August 5, 2012. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN - Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT TENNIS)

By William ‘Bantu’ Irubor

Venus and Serena Williams will meet in a Grand Slam final for the ninth time after the American sisters came through their semi-finals in Melbourne.

Thirteenth seed Venus, 36, beat fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3-7) 6-2 6-3 to reach her first major final since 2009.

World number two Serena, 35, saw off unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2 6-1 in the second semi-final.

Serena is attempting to win an Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam singles title.

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It would also be a seventh Australian Open victory for the younger Williams sister, while Venus hopes to win an eighth major title, first in Melbourne and first since Wimbledon in 2008.

After the first semi-final Venus Williams admitted that it is unbelievable to watch younger sister Serena play tennis – the way she hits the ball and the competitor she is
“It would be a dream to see her on the opposite side of the net on Saturday” Venus concluded.

Speaking after her win, Serena could do little to hide her admiration for elder sister Venus, admitting how proud she is of her and what a total inspiration and a big sister Venus had been. “I am really happy for her and to be in the final together is a dream for us really” Serena said.

“She is my toughest opponent, no-one has ever beaten me as much as Venus.

“I feel no matter what that we have both won after all we have been through. I know a Williams is going to win this tournament.”

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