Serena Williams and Venus Williams to meet in Australian Open final

Williams, who last appeared in a Grand Slam final in 2009 (Wimbledon), will now take on the victor of another women's semi-final between her sister Serena Williams and miraculous former prodigy Mirjana Lucic Baroni. It will be the first time the sisters have played in a final since Serena won at Wimbledon in 2009.

Serena Williams kept alive her bid for a 23rd major title with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Johanna Konta, and Lucic-Baroni turned back fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Venus, serving solidly and producing the odd victor out of the very top drawer, clinched a fourth break early in the deciding set and eased through to her first grand slam final since Wimbledon in 2009.

Serena won her Semi-Final match later against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni at 6-2, 6-3, Business Insider said.

She was ruthless in swatting aside Lucic-Baroni in just 50 minutes and stayed on track for a seventh Australian title which would take her past Steffi Graf's Open-era record of 22 Major wins.

Serena leads 6-2 in those finals, and has an overall 16-11 win-loss record against her sibling.

The women's final "won't be an easy match".

That's because while the two have been among the best women tennis players of all time, their meetings in Grand Slam finals haven't always lived up to the hype.

Pat Cash, 1987 Wimbledon victor: It's hard when you come up against your best friend, and I am sure there could be an upset.

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"To have that thought that there's going to be at least one U.S. player in the final is great for American tennis", Venus said. She's already won the Australian Open six times, most recently in 2015.

- Serena has prevailed in seven of the last eight meetings with her sister. I was so happy for her.

Last year Williams lost in the Australian Open final to Angelique Kerber.

Venus is vying for her eighth major title and her first since winning Wimbledon in 2008. "But I'd like to keep that going".

The 36-year-old Williams rallied in the match after dropping a set for the first time in the tournament, breaking Vandeweghe four times over the final two sets.

At her press conference Thursday after defeating 25-year-old American CoCo Vandeweghe, Venus said she knows she'll have her hands full facing her dominant baby sister.

"I would like to congratulate her because she inspired me", Serena said. I can compete against any odds. No matter what, I get out there and I compete.


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