If you’re a fan of either Venus or Serena Williams and were hoping to see one of the famed siblings win the WTA portion of this year’s 2017 Australian Open, then you can’t go wrong.
The bad news is that you’ll likely be watching the women’s finals in complete anguish as the globally beloved superstar sisters have to square off against one another in Saturday’s unlikely showdown. Still, no matter which Williams-playing sister you adore most, there’s money to be made when the siblings meet for the ninth time in a grand slam final.
Venus Vs Serena An All Family Affair At The Australian Open WTA Final
While Serena will be looking to bag an Open era record 23rd grand slam title, big sis Venus will be looking to nab the eighth major title of her storied career while making her first appearance in a major final for the first time since winning Wimbledon in 2008.
Serena reached the Australian Open finals by throttling the inspirational Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-2, 6-1 in their semifinal match on Thursday just after Venus had overcome feisty fellow American Coco Vandeweghe 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3 in the other semifinal.
Venus and Serena have played one another 27 times in WTA Tour matches with the elder Williams winning 11 times. The pair last played one another in the quarterfinals of the 2015 U.S. Open with Serena winning 6-2, 1-6, 6-3.
The two last met at the Australian Open in 2003 with Serena winning 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-4 while the pair last met in a grand slam final in the 2009 Wimbledon finals which Serena won 7-6 (3), 6-2.
The Williams sisters are the only two women during the Open era to have played one another in four consecutive grand slam finals. Venus has won 49 career singles title while Serena has bagged 71.
Serena has won the last two meetings and seven of the last eight meetings overall. However, it should be noted that the elder Williams was diagnosed in 2011 with Sjogrens Syndrome, a little known autoimmune disease that is known to cause symptoms such as lack of energy and joint pain among others.
Now, moving on to my gut-wrenching Aussie Open finals pick, I’ve got to say that my ‘heart’ is screaming for a Venus Williams, but my head – and good old common sense – tells me that unless Serena ‘gives’ it away, which I just don’t see happening, the younger Williams will win the 23rd major of her illustrious career.
While Venus is playing well in every aspect from her service game to defending and just faced a player in Vandeweghe that has similar power to her sister, the fact of the matter is that there isn’t another player on the face of the planet that can duplicate the things that Serena Williams can do.
The younger Williams will have a huge edge in energy if this match goes to a third set, which is what I’m predicting to happen. While I really hate to pick against Venus Williams, I can’t in good conscious, go against Serena Williams with all she’s got riding on the line from making history to regaining her world No. 1 ranking. The younger Williams wins in three sets, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.