Venus and Serena Williams will go head-to-head in the Australian Open Final for the first time in 8 years. The two Compton girls, ages 36 and 35, respectively both won their semi-finals here on Thursday, continuing a dynasty that has lasted the better part of 20 years.
History will repeat itself on Sunday night when Venus and Serena meet in the Australian Open final. And this is ancient history, in tennis terms. 2003 was the last time they both played there for the trophy.
Serena had the easier of the two semi-finals on Rod Laver Arena. She faced Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, another inspirational old-stager, who is only six months younger than Serena herself. Venus had to scrap much harder as she took on the muscular hitting of CoCo Vandeweghe.
The Williams/Williams finals were a regular feature of the last decade, but have not played been seen at any level since 2009.
“You have to control yourself, then you also have to put your opponent in a box. This opponent is your sister, and she’s super-awesome. It’s wonderful.” Venus said on competing against her sister.
How to Watch the Australian Open women’s final on Saturday:
Time: 3 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. ET
Location: Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Online Streaming: WatchESPN.com