For the first time in 14 years, Venus and Serena Williams will be competing against each other for the grand slam title at the Austrian Open’s final.
Venus and Serena have faced off quite a few times in the past. The sisters have faced each other 27 times. Their record is 16 – 11 with Serena winning 16 times.
This Saturday will go down in history. According to NPR, Venus is the oldest Grand Slam finalist since Martina Navratilova’s run to the Wimbledon final in 1994. And Serena will have chance to break the tie for most Grand Slam titles — 22 — that she currently shares with Steffi Graf.
Venus told the Women’s Tennis Association that she’s definitely going to compete. “When I’m playing on the court with her, I think I’m playing the best competitor in the game,” Venus said in her post-match press conference. “I don’t think I’m chump change either, you know. I can compete against any odds. No matter what, I get out there and I compete.”
She also said that she knows it won’t be an easy match. “[It] won’t be an easy match. I know that it won’t be easy. You have to control yourself, then you also have to hopefully put your opponent in a box. This opponent is your sister, and she’s super awesome.”
Regardless of who wins, Serena says they’ve both already won. “After everything that Venus has been through with her illness, I just can’t help but feel like it’s a win-win situation for me,” Serena said, referring to Sjogren’s Syndrome (via CNN).
Saturday will definitely bring a sense of nostalgia to the Williams sisters. The game will be great.