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Venus vs. Serena at Wimbledon: We’ve seen it before, and it’s awesome

Serena Williams and Venus Williams, left, of the U.S talk during their women's doubles match against Kristina Barrios of Germany and Stefanie Voegele of Switzerland at the All England Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, Tuesday July 1, 2014. The Williams sisters retired after 3 games. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Venus and Serena Williams are true legends in their own right.  Both of these amazing women are at the top of the sports world and from the looks of it, neither of them will ever grow old.  At least that’s the way it seems sometimes.

The Williams sisters played in six Grand Slam title matches against earch other over the two-year span of 2001 – 2003, making them dominant figures, simply doing the impossible year after year.  Here we are, 12 years later, and they are doing it again.  Just amazing.

To give you some idea of how extraordinary their achievements have been, realize that the only major title match between sisters that had been played before the Williams sisters pulled it off was a match between Maud and Lillian Watson in 1884.

The two would do it again in 2008 and 2009, but they hit a dry spell over the next six years.   So, the Monday match in the fourth round of Wimbledon on Monday will be an extraordinary return to the familiar.

“We just don’t know what can happen there. We’ve all seen, a million times, them play. And we’ve seen different results, especially at Wimbledon. You just have no clue,” said Venus’ coach, David Witt. “We’ve seen good matches. We’ve seen bad matches.”

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This will be their 26th showdown on tour (Serena leads 14-11), their 13th at a major (Serena leads 7-5), and their sixth at Wimbledon (Serena leads 3-2).

It comes 17 years after their first professional matchup, in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open.

And it comes 15 years after their first encounter at the All England Club, in the 2000 semifinals

“I think we’re both more mature. Still as tenacious,” said Venus, who won that one en route to the first of her seven career Grand Slam titles, five at Wimbledon. “I mean, back then, we were definitely fun to watch. I think we still are.”

Serena also has won five trophies at the grass-court tournament, part of her collection of 20 major singles championships.

Her narrow escape in the third round Friday against Britain’s Heather Watson — after trailing by two breaks at 3-0 in the third set, then twice standing two points from defeat at 5-4 — extended Serena’s Grand Slam winning streak to 24 matches. She is aiming for a fourth consecutive major title, a self-styled “Serena Slam,” and trying to get the third leg of a calendar-year Grand Slam.

 

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