When Richard Williams and Oracene Price welcomed Venus in 1980 and Serena in 1981, did they realize that they were giving the world two of the best tennis players of the century?
Probably not. But after 35 years, we do not even want to think about what would have happened if they decided to be models instead of tennis players. Maybe they would have been very successful, but the tennis world would have been deprived of two excellent players.
That being said, as we saw what happened in the fourth round of Wimbledon 2015 last Monday. After all, the Williams sisters went face to face each other on that day.
The outcome? All hails to Serena after 6-4, 6-3 straight sets.
This is not the first time for the two sisters went to fight each other for the most prestigious title in the tennis world. They have fought each other 25 times before, 5 of which had been at the All England Club. But for Venus and Serena Williams to face each other as early as the fourth round of a grand slam tournament- now that did not happen in quite a while. To be specific, that never happened in Wimbledon – prior to this meeting.
In their Wimbledon career, the only time the star sisters met before the finals was in 2000 semi finals. Venus Williams won that match for 6-2, 7-6 (3). The last time Venus and Serena Williams met at Wimbledon was in 2009 final.
From 2001 to 2003, Venus and Serena Williams participated in six major finals out of eight major tournaments. Before that sister-domination, the only major title match between two sisters was held in 1884, in the very first Wimbledon Women’s Final, when Maude Watson defeated her younger sister Lillian Watson.
Out of previous 25 encounters, Serena won 14 times and Venus won 11 times; 13 times at a major tournament out of which Serena won 7 times and 5 times at Wimbledon, out of which Serena won 3 times. Obviously, statistics always favoured Serena who always has a better chance at winning. But she herself was rooting for Venus Williams prior to the game.
Currently Venus William is 35 and fighting Sjogren’s Syndrome, a chronic autoimmune disease in which the white blood cells attack the exocrine glands. On the other hand, Serena Williams is turning 34 this September. The tennis world doesn’t know how many more time they will get to see the epic battles between these epic sisters.
It was a decent game overall. But considering the hype and history that it produced, the game went Serena’s way much too simply.
However, all that’s past now. Serena defeated Venus in that match and went to beat Sharapova in the next to reach the finals.
Let’s hope the no. 1 fares well in that.