The Williams sisters will face off against each-other once again. The pair have had great success together winning 14 Grand Slam double titles, with the most recent being the 2016 Wimbledon doubles tournament. Unfortunately they will be competing against each-other on Saturday night and won’t be on the same side of the net.
Serena Williams is the 2nd best female tennis player in the world and relishes the opportunity to play at the Australian Open. She has won six Australian Open Grand Slam singles titles and is favourite to claim another. Venus Williams, at 36 years of age is still competing and holds the 17th rank in women’s singles. She has played in one Australian Open final (2003) but was defeated by her younger sister in three sets. The pair have met on 27 occasions, with Serena winning 16 and Venus winning 11. Serena has not drop one set so far this Australian Open, even against quality players such as Bencic, Safarova, Konta and Lucic-Baroni. Venus hasn’t played many difficult opponents and has dropped one set all tournament.
Serena’s average serve speed is 198km/h whilst Venus only averages 189km/h. So far this tournament Serena has served 44 aces, 16 more than her older sister. Venus’ serve is definitely less of a weapon and she won’t be getting as many free points as her sister. There is plenty of history between the pair and only one will prevail in 2017. Serena will be the warm favourite, she is more powerful, serves bigger and has a stronger all round game. It will take a minor miracle for Venus to claim the victory. The emotions of becoming the most successful female tennis player in the Open Era could play on Serena’s mind but it’s hard to see any other result occurring.